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Understanding Domestic Violence


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

If your job or personal circumstances require you to support individuals and families experiencing domestic violence, this professional development course is ideal for you.

Understanding Domestic Violence is a short online course that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence.

In this online course, you will discover preventative strategies, learn about the different types of abuse and gain an understanding of family violence orders and mandatory reporting. You will also acquire the skills to facilitate intervention and client safety.

On completion of this course, you will stand out when taking the next step in your career, whether you work in community services, counselling or education because you have advanced your professional development in this important field.

Course Structure

Unit - Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

  • Women and children at risk
  • Indigenous communities
  • Costs of domestic and family violence
  • Prevention strategies
  • The Danger Assessment Scale (DA)
  • SARA scale (Spousal Assault Risk Assessment)
  • Types of abuse
  • Perpetrators
  • Adequate/inadequate assessments
  • Client needs
  • Child abuse allegations
  • Family violence orders
  • Personal safety
  • Myths of domestic violence
  • Develop rapport and confidence
  • Accurate exchange of information
  • Effective / negative behaviours
  • Cultural differences
  • Urgency and eligibility
  • Abuse and power
  • Mandatory reporting
  • Urgent client assistance
  • Client assessment
  • Strategies for intervention
  • Client safety
  • Client agreement
  • Setting objectives
  • Client referral procedures
  • Law and ethics


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




Professional Development for:

  • Counsellors
  • Trauma Counsellor
  • Community Service Workers


  • Includes 12 months access
  • Full up-front payment only