Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice

Course code HLSC6127
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


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.


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  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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: Discussion Board

Practical Demonstration:

Professional Task: Professional Task 1


Professional Task: Professional Task 2

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend the face to face workshop to pass this course.

Contact Hours

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Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 96 hour(s) per Term

This course requires an overall student effort of 120 hours including online activities, workshops and assessment items.


Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term