As is true for practicing attorneys, many social workers choose a particular area or client constituency to concentrate their efforts on during their career. Each area has it's own specialized knowledge, practices and research tools, associated with it. In social work it is important that "every social worker should maintain a general knowledge of the intervention and treatment techniques that are most appropriate in a variety of situations."
To aid practioners in developing this more general knowledge, "MSWOnlinePrograms.org" which identifies online MSW degreee programs and provides varied online resources for social work, has complied a recommended list of 100 books that all social workers should consider reading.
Among those that take a more narrative approach to the subject matter, is the 2000 book by our own law Professor Jody Raphael, "Saving Bernice: Battered Women, Welfare, and Poverty". This is the story of Bernice, a former welfare mother and survivor of domestic violence, and her arduous journey to escape from, and ultimately triumph over, years of battering, poverty, and welfare.
The book "challenges traditional views and stereotypes (conservative and liberal) about welfare recipients, arguing that many poor women are neither lazy nor paralyzed by a "culture of poverty," but instead are trapped by their batterers."
Jody Raphael is a visiting professor of law and a senior research fellow at the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center where she researches and writes in the area of violence against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault and the sex trade industry. She is the author of four books, the most recent one on rape published in 2013 from Chicago Review Press, Rape Is Rape : How Denial, Distortion, and Victim Blaming Are Fueling a Hidden Acquaintance Rape Crisis.
Her popular trilogy on women, poverty and violence was published between 2000-2007 by Northeastern University Press : Saving Bernice Battered Women, Welfare, and Poverty ; Listening to Olivia Violence, Poverty, and Prostitution ; Freeing Tammy Women, Drugs, and Incarceration.