The effects of structural violence produced by government systems is first discussed in two studies examining child support systems and carceral pathways for noncustodial parents. The two presentations on child supports systems vary in their methodological approaches, one using a large quantitative dataset while the second study is based on thematic analysis of qualitative interviews with noncustodial fathers. Subsequently, the criminalization of survivors of urban gun violence is examined in an analysis of government-funded victim support services and associated legislation. A fourth study explores the implications of both direct and vicarious police contact for adolescent wellbeing overall using the Fragile Families dataset. Finally, drawing from semi-structured qualitative interviews the fifth study examines how justice involved black women experience myriad forms of structural violence via their involvement in behavioral health services post-incarceration.
The papers within this symposium exemplify a range of social work research methods and approaches to examine experiences of structural violence among individuals who have experienced harm via contact with government- commissioned social support systems. A solutions-focused discussion of the research implications is embedded within the presentations to identify multi-level strategies addressing the multiple and complex needs of noncustodial parents, survivors of violence, urban youth, and black women with justice involvement.