NASW Virginia's Ethics Committee

The primary responsibility of this Committee is to hear complaints filed in accordance with the Association’s policy for adjudication of grievances. The goal of the adjudication process is to take action that protects the public from practices that violate the Code of Ethics and to protect NASW members against exploitation and injustice in employment.

The Committee is composed of NASW-VA members who, upon receipt of a complaint, may convene a hearing panel to investigate any allegations, make a determination of facts, and assess sanctions against a member or agency. The COI is authorized to investigate allegations of:

  • Violations of the Code of Ethics by a member
  • Violations of personnel policies by an agency concerning a member
  • Restraint of professional actions

Please direct ethical questions to Debra Riggs (, NASW Virginia's Executive Director