Online course in Health & Psychology

Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence

Learn to recognise the signs of domestic violence and support domestic violence survivors as a health or social care worker.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
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Enhance your knowledge of gender-based violence and the forms of domestic abuse

Domestic violence is a global health issue that can take many forms and affect anyone. Health and social care professionals play an important role in recognising and helping victims of violent and abusive relationships.

On this course, you will address the role of gender in domestic violence and learn to recognise the various forms of violence and abuse. You will reflect on the impact of domestic violence and understand your responsibilities as a health or social care worker. By completing this course, you will have gained the confidence to help support domestic violence victims and survivors.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsDomestic violence is a major social and public health problem. One in three women worldwide will be subjected to physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives. In most cases the perpetrator is someone known to the woman, an intimate partner, ex-partner, husband, boyfriend or a family member.

Skip to 0 minutes and 33 secondsThe damaging effects of domestic violence often lead victims to health and social care services, giving health and social care professionals an important role in recognising and helping victims of abusive relationships.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 secondsIn this online course, we'll show you how to develop your skills as a professional to provide help and support to those who may be experiencing domestic abuse. We'll help you understand why domestic violence is a gendered issue, how to spot the signs of an abusive relationship, and how your support can include a larger network of doctors, nurses, police officers, solicitors, councils and charities.

Skip to 1 minute and 27 secondsComplete this course from The University of Sheffield and help improve the lived realities for women living with domestic violence and abuse the world over.

What topics will you cover?

  • Gender and gender role expectations
  • Forms of domestic violence and abuse (DVA)
  • The prevalence of DVA around the world
  • Factors that influence violence
  • The impact on victims, families and children
  • Recognising signs and symptoms of DVA
  • Talking to victims
  • Safety planning
  • How the law can protect victims
  • Working in multi-agency partnerships

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain the concept of gender and its contribution to gender-based violence
  • Define and identify different forms of domestic violence and abuse
  • Describe the effects of DVA on individuals who experience it and their families
  • Recognise signs and symptoms of domestic violence and abuse
  • Evaluate the role and responsibilities of professionals in their identification and management of domestic violence and abuse
  • Provide effective support to survivors of domestic violence and abuse

Who is the course for?

This course is for health and social care professionals, including nurses, doctors, family support workers, and community workers. It will also appeal to lawyers, school teachers, police, and anyone familiar with victims of domestic violence.

This course has been designed to help practitioners who work with victims of domestic violence and abuse to provide effective support. We regret that we are unable to provide direct support to victims in this course.

Who will you learn with?

Parveen Ali

Parveen Ali

I am a Senior Lecturer at University of Sheffield. My research looks at gender based violence and domestic abuse. I also explore inequalities in health related to gender and ethnicity.

Jesrine Clarke-Darrington

Jesrine Clarke-Darrington

I work as a Learning Technologist within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield.

Who developed the course?

The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.

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