Friday, December 02, 2016

In late 2015, Mitch hit a new low. On this night, he came home late from being out with his friends after a stressful workday. His wife, Sarah, who was three months pregnant, asked why he hadn’t come home earlier. She threatened to leave him. An argument ensued, and Mitch shoved her to the ground.


On the night Mitch threw Sarah to the ground, the police showed up, arresting Mitch for domestic abuse. And Sarah packed her bags, moving out of state to be closer to her family for the rest of the pregnancy. Mitch was facing jail time and on the verge of losing the woman he loved just months before he would become a father. Then his defense attorney threw him a lifeline.


“He asked me if I thought I was abusive and if I wanted to get help,” says Mitch. “I told him I did. He said he knew the perfect guy and referred me to Darald.”


Darald Hanusa runs the Alternatives & Treatment for Abusive Men (or ATAM), developed at the Midwest Domestic Violence Resource Center. In just a few weeks, Mitch will have completed the yearlong batterers treatment program.

Read the full story from the Isthmus

Friday, December 02, 2016

Intimate partner violence will affect one in five undergraduate relationships at the University of Wisconsin.


According to a 2015 Association of American Colleges and Universities survey, more than 20 percent of UW undergraduate students reported they had been in a violent relationship since entering college. Of the students who reported, 30 percent did not tell any one about it.


Darald Hanusa, a UW School of Social Work senior lecturer and founder of Alternatives and Treatment for Abusive Men, said intimate partner violence, which is defined as a violent relationship between two people and does not require the two to be in a shared living situation, relies on power and control. Emotional abuse, manipulation, name calling, sarcastic comments, the silent treatment, threats and physical abuse all serve as tactics for the perpetrator to maintain control over the victim.


Read the full article at the Badger Herald

Monday, November 28, 2016

By AnnaKathryn Kruger


Reliable access to social services is highly contingent on how easily individuals seeking help can obtain accurate and up-to-date information about community programming. HealthConnect, a startup based in Dane County, WI, has developed a community asset database that offers a comprehensive list of public resources to medical practitioners and healthcare professionals, to help them better identify the care options available to underinsured and low-income patients.


“Our formal mission is to create meaningful connections between people and the services that they need in our community every day,” says Kevin Dwyer, President and CEO of HealthConnect. The program is intended to act as a national...

Monday, November 14, 2016

The UW-Madison School of Social Work is committed to diversity and inclusion so that our students, staff, and faculty develop their own potential as well as the knowledge, experience, and cultural humility necessary to address the complex needs of the individuals, families, and communities we work with and serve.


Diversity means having voices at the table that represent many different experiences – voices whose experiences and opinions vary by dimensions such as age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, physical ability, nationality, immigration status, marital status, political ideology, religion/spirituality, tribal sovereign status, and the complex intersection of these and other dimensions. Having an inclusive environment is also necessary to promote the sharing of ideas and viewpoints among a diverse group. Inclusion means creating an environment where all members of our school community feel welcome, respected, and supported in sharing and reflecting upon their diverse perspectives and talents....

Thursday, November 10, 2016

In her job as the Madison School District’s LGBTQ+ social worker, Sherie Hohs (pronounced “Sh-REE HAAS”) helps teachers, staff, parents and students prevent bullying that is based on bias.


Hohs, 39, conducts training for school staff and support groups for parents, but a big part of her job is staying in contact with student activists who are vigorous in pressing for curriculum that includes everyone.


Read the article from the Wisconsin State Journal

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