As with other immigrant groups before them, the immigrants from Ethiopia have had great difficulty in adjusting to life that is so different from the one they left behind. Men experience a sense of exclusion as they are no longer given the respect as head of the household that they expect. Their frustration is often expressed in anger as violence against their spouses. The situation has reached a crisis level as a large number of women have been killed by their husbands.
Given the cultural sensibilities of this population, it is difficult for the Welfare Department to step in and stop the violence. They have noted the difference in success in those families who have been treated by a social worker of Ethiopian descent and those who were not. Thus they feel the need to establish a dedicated position staffed by a social worker who is herself of Ethiopian descent to serve this community.