Acquire skills in domestic violence prevention and trauma care
If you are interested in studying the tools and services available to those in need and have a passion of caring for others, then upskilling your knowledge in domestic violence could be the choice for you.
Our Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence will allow you to apply risk assessment tools in actual cases and learn more about the impact of domestic violence on victims, carers and the community. You will gain skills in the prevention of violence and care during trauma as you study the risks and characteristics of domestic homicide and suicide.
As a graduate in domestic violence studies, you will stand out from the crowd when taking the next step in your career. With the unique specialisation in this important field, you will be fully prepared to provide insight to a range of services and programs whether you work with the law, counselling or enforcement.
You can study full time, part time or at an accelerated pace and adjust your study load every teaching period, depending on what is happening in your life at the time. Choose up to two units every teaching period, factoring in approximately 12-15 hours of study per week and unit.
This unit focuses on the dynamics of domestic violence. Its main objectives include; introducing the different types of abuse that comprise domestic violence, explaining the dynamics, characteristics, distribution and contributing factors of domestic violence, providing skills and tools to critically assess domestic violence research and reviewing contemporary and historical developments in domestic violence policy.
Family violence and child abuse are often viewed as separate issues, but in many domestic violence situations there exists an overlap between the two. This unit synthesises research across multiple disciplines, with the aim of informing professional practice in the area.
This unit explores the complex overlap between family violence and child abuse, in particular the relationship between domestic violence and child maltreatment. This includes topics such as the abuse of pregnant women, child trauma in domestic violence situations, and risks to children in homes where there is abuse of a parent.
Students will also investigate child protection law and policy, particularly criminal and family law as it relates to children and domestic violence, and the court process itself. Topics covered include: mandatory reporting requirements, child abduction and the Hague convention, failure to protect laws, with a focus on intersectional impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Professionals who work with domestic violence victims need to develop an understanding of the diverse needs within a variety of community contexts. There are also aspects of intersectionality at play in communities that are culturally, linguistically diverse.
In this unit students will learn about what tools and services are available to assist victims of domestic violence, as well as those whom domestic violence affects vicariously within family units and wider communities. There is an explicit focus on equipping students with a well-rounded understanding of the landscape of services and resources available, including the relevant referral pathways.
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