Most colleagues understood safety issues of domestic violence.
Pros: joy of seeing other coworkers and self grow, seeing work for dv laws develop, seeing those in power understand these laws
Cons: wasted lives, unnecesary loss of life, political aspect of dv laws and manipulation of child custody and lack of dv education.
Shift change, and review of previous shifts crisis calls and interventions
I learned a great deal regarding crisis interventions, domestic violence issues, safety issues, court advocacy, community resource allocation and availability
Many times management were oblivious to what was going on in the shelter as they were extremely busy trying to maintain funding elements to keep the programs a float.
Co-workers for the most part leaned on each other to survive the intensity of the issues that surround domestic violence issues.
The most enjoyable part of the job was to see a victim become a survivor and the children of a survivor come out of their shell and the abuser be sentenced to community service and supervised visitation and therapy so the children would not become pawns in a vicious cycle of abuse. I also was able to help a young lady deliver her baby. What miracles we were able to witness.
The hardest part, was when a victim was not able to move on to become a survivor, and a child or the victim ended up dead. Too many lives were lost to this horrible outcome. During my tenure as a counselor there three lives were lost. One child, one young woman, and one older woman. The most horrible and desperate losses because our justice systems still do not understand the dynamics of the Cycle of Violence.