Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course examines the policies, practices, people and institutions involved with gendered violence and places issues of gendered violence within a social and political context. It explores the response of state institutions to gendered violence through an examination of the process of policy development and implementation, and practice methods utilised by various agencies including the police, the courts, refuges and prevention programs.



  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the various state interventions in the lives of those experiencing violence, including the social and historical origins of these interventions

2. Outline and analyse the issues in defining gendered violence

3. Identify and critique current definitions and understandings of the effect of gendered violence

4. Assess state policy responses to gendered violence, including the assumptions, values and decision-making processes involved

5. Evaluate the adequacy of local service networks for responding to gendered violence


The course will include the following topics:

  • Historical Perspectives
  • Definitions and Theoretical Perspectives
  • Legal and Policy Contexts
  • Risk Factors, Incidence and Statistics
  • Costs of Domestic Violence
  • Why Women Stay
  • Gender Symmetry
  • Masculinities and Gender Based Violence
  • Working with Men
  • Working with Women
  • Children and Domestic / Family Violence
  • Indigenous Communities and Family Violence
  • Practice Responses and Frameworks


If you have successfully completed SPSW3411 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

40 units at 1000 level

Assessment items

Quiz: Definitions and understandings - 10%

Written Assignment: Short answer questions - 20%

Project: Policy Assessment - 40%

Written Assignment: Local Service Network - 30%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.