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Centre of Excellence Domestic Abuse & Violence Awareness Diploma Course Centre of Excellence

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The first hurdle to tackle with domestic abuse and violence is understanding what they are. The course takes this head-on, explaining from the start what constitutes domestic violence and abuse, who is most at risk, the different types of domestic abuse, and how women from different cultural backgrounds may be impacted differently by domestic violence. You will also gain insight into stalking and cyberstalking

"Why Do You Stay?" - the question that society asks victims of domestic abuse, and which this course hopes to answer, by looking at the elements prevalent in most domestic abuse relationships and the components of power and control. You will learn about the cycle of abuse and gain a greater comprehension of the complex reasons some stay in abusive relationships.

You will explore the reasons why some people have tendencies towards being abusive and violent to their loved ones and the common behaviours that may indicate this in an individual. The Domestic Abuse & Violence Awareness Diploma Course also highlights the issue of dating abuse, which is another form of domestic abuse endured by many young adults and teenagers.

From here the course considers the physical, mental and emotional impact that domestic abuse and violence have on victims. You will look at the barriers and unique challenges that some abuse sufferers face, the long-lasting repercussions, how financial abusers manage to continue wielding control over their victims even after separation, and the impact domestic abuse can have on society, both from a social and a financial perspective.

Whether they are the direct target of domestic abuse or not, the effects of domestic abuse on children are devastating. You will learn about the different types of abuse a child may experience and what indicators to look out for, along with identifying the long-term physical and mental health effects abuse has on children at different stages of their development. You will also gain an understanding of how children learn and exhibit negative behaviours as a result of their lived experience.

Through studying the Domestic Abuse & Violence Awareness Diploma Course, You will learn not just how to recognise and understand domestic abuse and violence, but be given the tools to aid its victims. You will explore interventions, learn how to offer support to a child or young adult, and examine the underlying factors that can help children to build resilience and cope with the facts of their abuse.

Similarly, You will discover the tools to help adults you suspect are being subjected to domestic violence and advice on how to recognise the signs and approach somebody with sensitivity and in confidence. You will develop a detailed knowledge of what a safety/crisis plan is and what needs to be included in it and the components included in a post-separation safety plan.

If you wish to work with victims of domestic abuse and violence, the course introduces you to the vacancies available in the voluntary sector, and the tasks that are likely to be undertaken by a volunteer. It also looks at paid positions, guiding you through the roles of an independent domestic violence advisor, a victim liaison officer and a support worker in a safe house or refuge.

You will also learn about the work of MARACs, including their aims and processes and why they are an important part of the solution to the UK's domestic abuse problem.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Explain what domestic violence and abuse is and identify who is at risk.
  • Be aware of the most common components of abuse and be able to describe the cycle of abuse.
  • Have an awareness of how domestic violence begins and who may perpetuate the abuse.
  • Describe the physical, psychological and emotional effects of domestic abuse and violence on adults, young people and children at risk.
  • Recognise common behaviours that may indicate abusive tendencies in an individual.
  • Know how to respond appropriately to children and young people experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Describe best practices for supporting those experiencing domestic violence.
  • Know what MARAC is and be able to outline the MARAC Process.
  • Understand what may be expected of you should you volunteer in the field of domestic abuse support.
  • Be aware of some of the jobs available, should you want to embark on a career in this field.

Modules

  • Module 1 - What is Domestic Abuse and Violence?
  • Module 2 - Dynamics of Domestic Abuse and Violence
  • Module 3 - How Does Domestic Abuse and Violence Begin?
  • Module 4 - The Impact of Domestic Abuse & Violence on Victims
  • Module 5 - The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children & Young People
  • Module 6 - Helping Children Recover from Domestic Abuse
  • Module 7 - Best Practices in Helping Victims of Domestic Abuse
  • Module 8 - Working with Victims of Domestic Abuse
Updated on 27 January, 2019

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