Beliefs and Assumptions

As advocates, social workers, nurses, teachers, and others who serve families, it is important that we take time to reflect on the beliefs and assumptions we carry about individuals and families whose lives are affected by abuse.

What are some of the ways assumptions impact your work with families?

List three responses to the statements below:

Women (or men) who are abused:

Women (or men) who are abused:

Men (or women) who abuse:

Children who are impacted by domestic violence:


Reflecting upon your responses, how do you think these beliefs impact your work with:

  • Women (or men) who are abused?
  • Children who are impacted by intimate partner violence?
  • Men (or women) who abuse?

What did you learn from your response about what your program could do?

My program could: