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    Select a family related issue (i.e. substance abuse, domestic violence, military deployment) and locate an existing program in Texas that addresses this issue. In order to identify a program within your community, do an internet search for marriage and family counseling/therapy programs. Then, write an introduction to the program evaluation proposal and conduct a literature review.

    The Introduction and Literature review should:

    Identify and describe the program you will be evaluating.
    Identify how you would contact the program.
    Identify the stakeholders, their roles, and how they will benefit from this evaluation.
    Identify specific cultural and ethnically sensitive topics that should be addressed when designing an evaluation method for the program.

    Describe and identify what ethical and legal standards should be considered.

    Draw conclusions from literature review findings and their implications for the counseling profession.

    Communicate in a professional manner using scholarly resources that support the analysis through clear, concise, well-organized, and grammatically correct writing that incorporates appropriate APA style conventions.

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    NOTES: Your introduction tells the reader what to expect. You are going to discuss domestic violence based on a specific program in Houston, Texas. After introducing your objective; a literature review provides research on the program you are discussing. You discuss what you know and what you have discovered. I have attempted to identify websites that offered descriptions of this program, and other works supporting the high risk of domestic violence in our society. However the research is sparse (empirical work exist).
    Therefore, you might want to use the key words to try and find some study or resource that has evaluated this program maybe locally) and compare it with your analysis. I have provided you with the information in the websites on the program, and discussed how to present the information. You may add, follow these examples-or change it. Try to find some study in which to compare your findings with in order to evaluate the program as good or bad. Finally, you should end the discussion with a summary to bring it all together. Hope this helps.
    "One in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime' (http://www.hawc.org). Given this factual statistic, it is clear that domestic violence has become one of the most dangerous threats affecting women today. In fact, domestic and sexual abuse continue to be a problem that plagues both men and women. This paper identifies one program that is attempting to build an awareness of the continuing threat and violence associated with domestic and sexual abuse. The Houston Area women Center (HWAC) provides individual and group counseling; and support services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The paper evaluates the HWAC program based on its long-standing history that suggests the center has been committed to efforts to end domestic abuse.
    Literature Review
    (1) Identify and describe the program you will be evaluating
    A review of the literature indicates that given the title of its website, "Counseling for domestic violence survivors" the HWAC serves as a safe haven for victims of domestic and sexual abuse. The research includes information describing the center's definition of domestic violence as:
    A pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence also includes any actions or threats of actions that are used to influence another person (www.Hwac.org).
    Further reviews "Our Story" was provided to highlight the history of the HWAC that has been in existence for over 35 years. Its purpose is to help survivors affected by domestic and sexual violence to rebuild their lives. The story begins with the opening of the HWAC in 1977. Based on the narrative, the Women' Information & Referral Exchange Service (WIRES) was started by volunteers of Women in Action for battered women. This program became the Houston Area Women's ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution describes a specific domestic abuse program in Houston, TX. The ethical and legal standards are considered.