You sure you want to go with that argument?
- Brenda Yeager was killed at work. She was a social worker.
- Boni Frederick was killed at work. She was a social work aide.
- Teri Zenner was killed at work. She was a social worker.
- Frances Mortenson was killed at work. She was a case manager.
- Diruhi Mattian ran a program for mentally ill children and young adults. She was stabbed during a call to a client’s home.
Social workers1 are frequently sent alone and unarmed to dangerous situations in neighborhoods that police do not enter without a partner and a gun.
This is a profession that is made up mainly by women; 79% of social workers are female. It’s a job that requires a great deal of training in order to have. And part of this training involves classes where it may be stressed, at least in the ones I took, that this is a job where you will risk your life daily.
The facts hold this up.
Estimates are that one third to three quarters of all social workers have been threatened at work. Most do not report the threats. According to one survey, 19% of social workers have actually been victims of violent crimes while at work. Other surveys say the number is even higher.
According to a 2000 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, 48% of all non-fatal injuries from assaults and violent acts in an occupational setting took place in health care and social services settings. This report also noted that social workers had an incidence rate of 15 per 10,000 full-time workers for injuries resulting from assaults and acts of violence.
In other words, I call bullshit.
What social workers do and why it’s important. Not sure why nursing is considered the only important primarily female field, but this is the same woman who made a post about the age of consent being lowered and how 13 year old girls who look like adults should be charged with prostitution if they have sex with a celebrity. ↩