A Qualitative Study on Social Workers' Experiences with the Co-occurence of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment in Korea - "Alone and Together" -

가정폭력과 아동학대의 중복발생과 관련된 국내 사회복지 현장 실무자의 경험에 관한 질적연구 - "따로 또 같이" -

  • Received : 2011.03.30
  • Accepted : 2011.05.09
  • Published : 2011.08.31


This qualitative study is designated to explore the reality of social welfare related to the co-occurence of domestic violence and child maltreatment in Korea. "Alone and Together" is elicited as the main theme from the analysis of social workers' experiences with the co-occurence problem in the two fields of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Despite the fact that the social workers are aware of the co-occurence problem embedded in their field cases, they don't assess and intervene with the problem on set purpose. Each field has dealt with the problem according to the field priority for either women or children separately. However, the social workers in the both fields desire alternatives effective for their cooperation and linkage to each other when confronted with the intersection of interdependent needs and problem-solving for the woman and the child. The development of multi-level research, assessment tools, and compulsory education courses for practitioners related to the co-occurence problem is suggested.