Workers’ Attitudes about Domestic Violence (DV): Does Personal Experience with DV Matter?

Kristina Nikolova, Catie Buttner, Iris Cardenas, Rupa Khetarpal, Judy L. Postmus, Cassandra Simmel

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This study examined how workers’ personal experience with domestic violence (DV) and their training and education impact their attitudes and beliefs about DV. Understanding workers’ attitudes is necessary to ensure an effective and non-judgmental service response. A statewide survey of child welfare and DV organization workers was analyzed using linear regression to predict workers’ victim blaming attitudes (N = 846). Gender, type of education, recognizing the impact of DV in one’s life, and DV training are all significantly associated with workers’ attitudes toward survivors. Those working with survivors should be provided with the training necessary to recognize the pervasive nature of DV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-108
Number of pages14
JournalHuman Service Organizations Management, Leadership and Governance
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Strategy and Management


  • Domestic violence
  • attitudes
  • training
  • worker

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