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Summing up and looking ahead

Well done on completing the first week of the course. This week, we’ve looked at some definitions of domestic violence and abuse as well as the various forms it can take. In particular, we’ve explored how the notion of gender contributes to this issue.

Understanding DVA and its manifestations is an important first step towards being able to recognise potential victims (whether yourself or others) and provide them with effective support.

What’s coming up next week?

There are a whole range of signs and symptoms that can alert you to a person experiencing DVA. Some are explicit and some could be very subtle. Next week, we’ll learn how to recognise victims of DVA.

We’ll start by trying to understand who may become a victim of DVA. We’ll explore the prevalence of DVA around the world and the risk factors that can make someone vulnerable to experiencing (or perpetrating) violence.

We’ll also learn about the serious effects it has on the victim and those around them and hear from survivors about their experiences.

Our expert practitioners will also share their advice for spotting the signs of DVA.

What do you think?

How have you found this first week of the course? What did you learn? Was there anything surprising?

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Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence

The University of Sheffield