Program Planning and Evaluation Paper

The second question Identify specific examples of how program planning and evaluation interrelate in your chosen scenario in Appendix B. in my opinion program planning and evaluation interrelate because there is a need for the program and there are large numbers of domestic violence victim in need of help as well as the abuser in need of help. The main objective is to stop the abuse. In my opinion in order to stop the abuse we first must identify with the issue and what is causing the problem.

The third question Identify technical and political aspects of program planning and evaluation you might encounter in the program scenario you chose, and explain how these aspects could affect your planning and evaluation process. I my opinion the technical aspect of program planning would be having qualified counselor in place.

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To talk to the victim to find out what the victim needs is and what area does the victim need help in such as housing, help with child care needs and education.

The political aspect of it would be going to congress fighting for laws against domestic violence making the abuser take full responsibility of their action. Issue that could affect planning of domestic violence program is there housing or a safe house for the victim trying to get out or away from and abuser such as a victim protection plan. The next questions will the victim stay in the program or go back to the abuser. Other affects are there kid’s involve how do we get help for the abuser, the victim and the kids that are involve.

Issue that in my opinion would affect the evaluation of a domestic violence program would be lack of information on the victim and abuser. Another affect on evaluation would be is there a data base on domestic violence crime. Is the data assessable, is there a statistic rate what is the ratio of women, men, and children been victim of domestic violence. Other issue that could affect the planning of domestic violence is the long term affect of being a victim of domestic violence. According to (N. D), “[The long term effects of domestic violence have not begun to be fully documented.

Battered women suffer physical and mental problems as a result of domestic violence. Battering is the single major cause of injury to women, more significant that auto accidents, rapes, or muggings. In fact, the emotional and psychological abuse inflicted by batterers may be more costly to treat in the short-run than physical injury. Many of the physical injuries sustained by women seem to cause medical difficulties as women grow older. Arthritis, hypertension and heart disease have been identified by battered women as directly caused or aggravated by domestic violence suffered early in their adult lives.

Battered women lose their jobs because of absenteeism due to illness as a result of the violence.

Absences occasioned by court appearances also jeopardize women’s livelihood. Battered women may have to move many times to avoid violence. Moving is costly and can interfere with continuity of employment. Battered women often lose family and friends as a result of the battering. First, the batterer isolates them from family and friends.

Battered women then become embarrassed by the abuse inflicted upon them and withdraw from support persons to avoid embarrassment.

Some battered women are abandoned by their church when separating from abusers, since some religious doctrines prohibit separation or divorce regardless of the severity of abuse. Many battered women have had to forgo financial security during divorce proceedings to avoid further abuse. As a result they are impoverished as they grow older. One-third of the children who witness the battering of their mothers demonstrate significant behavioral and/or emotional problems, including psychosomatic disorders, stuttering, anxiety and fears, sleep disruption, excessive crying and school problems.

Those boys who witness their fathers’ abuse of their mothers are more likely to inflict severe violence as adults. Data suggest that girls who witness maternal abuse may tolerate abuse as adults more than girls who do not. These negative effects may be diminished if the child benefits from intervention by the law and domestic violence programs. ]” (Long-Term Effects of Domestic Violence, Para 1-5). (N.

D). Long-Term Effects of Domestic Violence Retrieved from http://www. clarkprosecutor. org/html/domviol/effects. htm