The use of violence within relationships, families or communities is a major public health issue across the world. As such, it will continue to require global, strategic and preventative measures across educational, social care and criminal justice systems. This book draws on the author’s gritty practice experience, social work values, knowledge and research to provide detailed guidance on how to best respond directly to those who carry out this common violence.

Eight face-to-face conversations between a social worker and the person using violence are depicted and used to present the necessary elements for a dialogue which continually seeks to promote non-violence. These conversations pick up on some key messages from the successful Northern Ireland Peace Process and are firmly rooted in social work practice. They will also contribute to the difficult risk decisions that always need to be taken when violence is being used. The reader is offered choice and discretion as to how these conversations can be used by social workers, from short opportunity-led interactions to a lengthier, more structured interventions – promoting non-violence.

Offering a positive response to the challenge of ‘common’ violence in a clear and accessible manner, this book should be considered essential reading for students, researchers and practitioners. The author's royalties will be donated to a third world charity project working with victims of domestic violence.

chapter |8 pages


part I|2 pages

Engaging with common violence

chapter Chapter 1|10 pages

Personal encounters with violence

chapter Chapter 2|12 pages

Understanding violence

chapter Chapter 3|11 pages

Social work and violence

chapter Chapter 4|11 pages

Risk and violence

part II|2 pages

Promoting non-violence

chapter Chapter 5|5 pages

Dialogue and the conversations

chapter Chapter 6|10 pages

Conversation 1

The ‘why’ question

chapter Chapter 7|7 pages

Conversation 2

What is there to talk about?

chapter Chapter 8|9 pages

Conversation 3

My story and violence

chapter Chapter 9|6 pages

Conversation 4

The harm I have caused

chapter Chapter 10|9 pages

Conversation 5

Punching holes in my thinking towards non-violence

chapter Chapter 11|8 pages

Conversation 6

Dealing with feeling and non-violence

chapter Chapter 12|8 pages

Conversation 7

Conflict, power and non-violence

chapter Chapter 13|7 pages

Conversation 8

Keep on keeping on towards non-violence

chapter |3 pages