Advocating for Survivors
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This chapter discusses, in the context of working with trauma survivors, the history of social work and advocacy, advocacy steps and pitfalls and both micro (or case) advocacy and macro (or cause) advocacy. This is compounded by a sense of powerlessness due to inability to make the system respond to clients' needs as it should, ensure their safety or wave a magic wand and create healing. Beyond historical and ethical reasons the goal of advocating for survivors is to work toward social justice and healing. Social workers considering how to advocate for survivors of life-threatening illness, for example, can use this as a resource for information, statistics and subsequent development of public communications about the issue. Social workers and survivors have an important role to play in legislative advocacy.