Author and Veteran Social Worker Launches New Book

26 February 2019

Author and Veteran Social Worker Launches New Book

Social worker and author, Gerry Heery launched his latest book, ‘Promoting Non-Violence, Social Work Conversations about Violence’ during a special event hosted by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council in Millennium House, Belfast. With over 40 years social work experience in Northern Ireland, the author and friend of many colleagues across the sector shared how he has used his years in practice to explore how social workers can use dialogue to encourage and promote non-violence.

Welcoming guests and opening the event, Marian O’Rourke, Director of Regulation and Standards for the Northern Ireland Social Care Council said:

“This text will be of great value to social workers, both social workers coming through our degree and also those in practice across a range of settings in our communities. It’s a very enjoyable read and I want to take this opportunity to thank Gerry for his leadership and invaluable insights.


Professor John Devaney from the University of Edinburgh praised the invaluable insights and learning that Gerry offers to all:

“Gerry approaches social work with the right values, and those values are shown in the book which does a fantastic job looking at how violence impacts on both the individual and the community. Both new and experienced practitioners will find this book an invaluable aid.”


Drawing upon the author’s gritty practice experience, social work values, knowledge and research Heery’s book provides detailed guidance on how to best respond directly to those who carry out  common violence. Eight face to face conversations between a social worker and the person using violence are depicted and used to present the necessary elements for a dialogue which continually seeks to promote non-violence.


Jillian Martin, Professional Officer for Older People and Community Lead at the Department of Health, NI said:

“The strengthening of the social work profession is clearly reflected in this book. Thank you Gerry for being our critical friend in the publication of your book.”


Proudly launching his fourth and latest publication and also promising his wife ‘the last’ book, Gerry Heery highlighted how his experiences have helped shape, ‘Promoting Non-Violence’:

“The first twenty years of my career were during the ‘Troubles’ and the last twenty were the Peace Process. So, the Peace Process has been a significant influence for the book. I want to acknowledge this empowering, creative and dynamic Northern Irish Social Work context within which I have been privileged to work. The work of a social worker is to make people safer, and the book offer ways this can be achieved in practice.”


All sales of the book will be kindly donated to overseas development agency, Trócaire, to support their work on preventing gender-based violence in the developing world. Published by Routledge, the book is available for purchase for £29.99 at





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