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Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

2018

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A Two-Paper Conceptualization Of Safety After Sexual Assault: The Case Of Edith, Sarah O. Trotta May 2018

A Two-Paper Conceptualization Of Safety After Sexual Assault: The Case Of Edith, Sarah O. Trotta

Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) Dissertations

Establishing safety after a sexual assault is a central task of clinical social work with survivors of sexual violence. These two papers seek to build the argument that the concept of safety for survivors of sexual assault is profoundly nuanced and dependent upon a person’s unique history, personality, and life circumstances, and that the establishment of safety for a survivor of sexual assault requires precise clinical attention to each individual. This theoretical-conceptual dissertation first explores the trauma treatment literature and the ways that safety is understood and prioritized, followed by a discussion of additional theoretical frameworks that can strengthen ...