The Complexities of Family and Interpersonal Violence

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One of the greatest challenges for both law enforcement and social welfare agencies is trying to understand the complexities of family and interpersonal violence. The issue becomes even more challenging in settings where poverty prevails, since it is often the case that agencies try extra vigilantly to address significant criminality in these areas. Anytown's departmental intervention policy on removing children from a home where there are active incidents of abuse is an effort to essentially impose a "zero tolerance" framework that seeks a single answer to these concerns. It is a policy based on social learning theory that assumes that one can easily remove children from parents or guardians who are modeling inappropriate behavior and then force those adults to learn better alternatives. In exchange for doing this, the welfare agencies then agree to return the children to the home setting, which is presumably less likely to be an environment where poor modeling happens. ETHICAL AND MORAL ISSUES: The ethical and moral issues (as well as potential legal problems) are significant. For one thing, the policy states that if the family has "one or more" documented offenses, the child or children will be removed until it can be shown that the parent or guardian has complete a program of some sort. The "one or more" phrase is vague and would allow some people to be treated more harshly than others. The word "more" could easily refer to a wide range of a number of incidents,
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