In hopes of equipping college students to raised perceive and help households dealing with home violence, UCF has joined the community of universities administering Survivor Hyperlink.
The community gives college students pursuing a master’s in social work with coaching, networking alternatives, scholarships and subject placements in group nonprofits. As they develop their experience, in addition they prepare their colleagues in home violence response.
This system, which started in 2015 at Arizona State College, is now a Nationwide AmeriCorps Public Well being Program. Thus far, it’s skilled 445 college students as home violence advocates and awarded greater than $1.2 million in scholarships. Come fall, UCF might be considered one of 14 collaborating universities in 11 states.
“I like Survivor Hyperlink as a result of it’s true to the character of the sphere,” says Bethany Backes, an assistant professor of social work and criminal justice, and considered one of three UCF liaisons for this system. “Social work is wonderful for a way interdisciplinary it’s. We’re embedded in so many programs — prison justice, youngster welfare, healthcare, navy and extra. Social staff play such a big function in any respect ranges of our group and inside institutional and systemic infrastructures. This system is a superb alternative for college kids to see this and perceive that violence isn’t a difficulty restricted to a single self-discipline — it’s a lot bigger than anyone subject.”
Assistant Professor of Social Work Julia O’Connor and Program Director for Social Work Field Education Robin Pisiano are the opposite liaisons. Backes and O’Connor are additionally members of the Violence Against Women Cluster.
In response to its website, the cluster conducts interdisciplinary analysis to “information policymaking designed to scale back the expertise and affect of violence towards ladies.” Home violence is a mandatory focus, for a way prevalent but hidden it may be. Within the U.S., about 1 in 4 ladies and 1 in 10 males report some kind of intimate associate violence throughout their lifetime, in accordance with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s 2015 Nationwide Intimate Accomplice and Sexual Violence Survey.
Backes says expertise has taught her that when tackling a difficulty as enormous as home violence, “you don’t need to take a look at all of it from a single lens.”
Because of this, Backes strives to take advantage of social work’s interdisciplinary potential. She works on a variety of tasks along with Survivor Hyperlink — together with research on justice reform and the affect of transitional housing on households exiting home violence conditions. She can be collaborating with UCF’s Student Health Services to develop a screening device for interpersonal and intimate associate violence.
College students collaborating in Survivor Hyperlink are additionally inspired to embrace social work’s interdisciplinarity. They will do their subject placements in quite a lot of health-focused businesses, and have the chance to achieve analysis expertise beneath the supervision of one of many program liaisons.
“The aim is to construct information about home violence — then, that information will be infused into interventions for survivors on the group and particular person degree,” says Backes.
For extra data or to be thought-about for this system, contact Bethany Backes at [email protected]