One of the best defences against domestic and family violence is knowledge. This knowledge is powerful for those who offer services to meet the needs of adults and children affected by domestic and family violence.
The Certificate of Domestic and Family Violence is a professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence. You will also discover how to promote awareness in the community and act as an advocate.
In this online domestic violence course, you will learn how to use appropriate counselling and facilitation skills to support victims of domestic and family violence. This will enable you to thoroughly explore client issues and identify possible options by providing a safe and supportive environment for clients to actively seek solutions.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident to work within the community as an advocate and to provide appropriate support to those affected by domestic and family violence.
Unit 1 - Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
Support those affected by domestic and family violence
Values and philosophies of domestic violence work
At risk groups – women and children
Rural and regional communities
Social and health costs
Historical and political context
Support client and worker safety
Client and worker safety
The Danger Assessment (DA) scale
Awareness of types of abuse
Verbal abuse and social abuse
Economic abuse and psychological abuse
Spiritual abuse and physical abuse
Characteristics of dangerous perpetrators
Compliance with organisational policies and procedures
Support for workers exposed to domestic and family violence
Adequate and inadequate assessments
Positives and negative outcomes
Standards, procedures and legislation
Client and worker rights and responsibilities
The right to safety
Family violence orders
Privacy and confidentiality
Right to compensation
Commonly accepted myths about domestic and family violence
Rapport, confidence and information exchange
Positive behaviours demonstrating respect
Cultural family and individual needs
Service delivery priority
Responding to threats and safety
Characteristics of the abuser theory
Victim mentality theory
Inequality or power theory
Responding to client needs
Seeking further assistance
Prioritising the physical and emotional safety of client, their family and workers
The Australasian Triage Scale (ATS)
Strategies to ensure the safety of clients
Strategies for intervention
Five rules of setting objectives
Obtaining the commitment from clients
Providing information about available services
Records reports and referral information
Record keeping systems
Unit 2 - Promote community awareness of domestic and family violence
Domestic violence information
Community activities services
Gaps and inadequacies in services
Community service organisations
Reciprocity with organisations
Design and evaluate programs
Domestic violence awareness
Education programs / campaigns
Unit 3 - Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence
Review existing case information
Establish professional relationships
Positive behaviours demonstrating respect
Behaviours that compromise professional relationships
Conducting interviews and interactions with clients
Developing an awareness of risk
Sensitivity to individual differences
Specific needs of clients
Diverse cultural backgrounds
Different age groups
Same sex relationships
Mental health issues
Promote the rights and responsibilities of clients
Legislative and statutory requirements
The right to safety
Family violence orders
Organisational standards and procedures
Appropriate questioning techniques
General model of intervention
Perpetrators to accept responsibility for their actions
Types of abuse
Prioritisation of needs
Services and resources to meet client needs
Client to identify and address issues
Required decisions and changed needed
Encourage client self-determination
Acknowledge, encourage and support progress
Identify plan and document future services
Indigenous service and support
Jointly identify client needs
Conduct analysis (SWAT, PEST)
Record keeping systems
Barriers to communication
Body language and gestures
Values and attitudes
Organisational values and guidance
Skills and knowledge development
Unit 4 - Respond to suspected abuse
Identifying signs of suspected abuse
Emotional and psychological abuse
Impact on children
Men as victims
Determining level of risk
Legal and organisational reporting
Duty of care
Child protection and privacy legislation
Decisions involving minors
Supporting people experiencing abuse
Assessing effects of abuse
Course of action required
Consent from the client
Strategies to manage the perpetrator
Monitor and review action plan
Policy and procedures
Confidentiality and security
Systems and procedures
Act on suspicion and disclosure of abuse
Improving systems and procedures
Estimated duration 60 Hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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