Group Work Approaches to 'Hate Violence' Incidents

Weiss, Joan C.; Ephross, Paul H.
March 1986
Social Work;Mar/Apr86, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p132
Academic Journal
The article discusses the involvement of social work with community relations for the purpose of addressing hate violence incidents. The focus of this article is to explore the group work skills that are needed for effective practice with four types of groups that may form in the process of working to prevent and respond to "hate violence"-- motivated incidents. These four types of groups are composed of community members, victims, perpetrators, and organizational representatives. Prevention is always more difficult than response. It demands that professionals be sufficiently sensitive to changing conditions so they can plan for the future and negotiate efforts to avert potential problems that many people may be unwilling to acknowledge or commit resources to solve. By law and by policy, the responsibility for dealing with hate violence activities is shared among several branches of local government as well as among various social and human relations organizations that draw their support from voluntary sources. It was concluded that community relations work is a field of group work practice for which social work students should be prepared.


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