Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice

10 Units

This course addresses the knowledge and skills required to understand and respond to domestic and family violence within the context of working with families. Students gain the knowledge and skills required to undertake and manage professional practice and ongoing professional development in responding to domestic and family violence.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Health Sciences
Availability Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain that domestic violence is an abuse of power in relationships
  2. Explain legislation and policies relating to domestic violence
  3. Identify the impact of domestic violence on children
  4. Formulate interventions to address domestic violence
  1. Social, historical, political and economic context of domestic and family violence.
  2. Theoretical perspectives informing responses to domestic and family violence.
  3. Legislative and practice frameworks
  4. Organisational and professional procedures, ethics and standards
  5. Impacts of domestic and family violence on children & family work
  6. Skills in assessment, intervention and evaluation relating to interventions in domestic and family violence.
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline (Counselling, Law, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Social Science, or equivalent) or equivalent professional experience in the field.
Assessment Items
  • Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity
  • Professional Task: Professional Task 1
  • Essay: Essay
  • Professional Task: Professional Task 2

Contact Hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 96 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term
Students are encouraged to attend the Workshop in Newcastle.

Course Materials
  • Social Work and Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Violence and Protecting Children
  • Social work and human service practice Australia
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for HLSC6127
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