Responding to Domestic and Family Violence: Theory and Practice

Course code HLSC6127
Available in 2017
2017 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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  • Trimester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the 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

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Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 96 hour(s) per Term


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

Students are encouraged to attend the Workshop in Newcastle.