Ethical Guidelines for Counseling Women Facing Domestic Violence

Published Year: 2012

Mumbai: CEHAT, 32 p., 2012 [ISBN: 978-81-89042-60-8]

This document lays down ethical principles and guidelines (translation of these principles) to inform counselling practice in the best interest of the client. Ethical principles include Autonomy, Beneficence, Non-maleficence, Veracity and Fidelity and Justice. The guidelines have been evolved through a process of consultation with an expert committee. The purpose of this document is to sensitize counsellors, protect and promote rights of the clients; to promote standards in counselling through observation of ethics and self regulation; to improve quality and credibility of counselling, and to make ethics an integral part of counselling practice. The universality of the core principles of ethics allows the present guidelines to be used by all counsellors and stakeholders engaged in domestic violence work in general, and domestic violence counselling, in particular. These include psychologists, social workers, protection officers, community development officers, and the like; as well those involved in private practice (including the individual counsellor). Organizations or institutions that provide counselling services, education, and/or training can endorse them and, make them applicable to their staff. Download full report

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