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Domestic and Family Violence (HLTH90007)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Online

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeHLTH90007
Term 2 - Online
Term 4 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This provides foundational knowledge in understanding domestic and family violence (DFV) and the intervention for workers in the human services sector. An analysis which draws from an ecological and a public health framing of the cultural, structural, relational and individual understandings of DFV informs the content of the course. An approach which recognises the gendered patterns of DFV and which also recognises the impact on children of living with violence and abuse provides the parameters of the subject. Issues of diversity will be woven throughout the subject.

Specific topics that will be covered include: prevalence and incidence of DFV and what this tells us about children, gender and intersectionality; risk assessment and risk management; accountability for men who use violence; strengthening the mother-child relationship in the aftermath of violence; supporting collaborative inter-agency practice; specific issues for child protection workers; the prevention agenda and strategies for earlier intervention.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • understand the knowledge base that informs the response to domestic and family violence (DFV)
  • undertake an informed risk assessment which provides the basis for risk management and safety planning
  • identify the principles which inform the intervention with perpetrators of DFV
  • recognise the elements that support working with women and the intersection of the intervention with their children
  • understand the impact of DFV on children and the points for intervention.
  • engage with the prevention agenda for DFV

Generic skills

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • high level written communication skills
  • advanced information and interpretation skills
  • advanced analytic, integration and problem-solving skills
  • demonstrate competence in critical and theoretical thinking through essay writing and online discussions

Last updated: 23 January 2019