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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondWe're very glad that you've joined us on this course. Violence against women and girls is a topic that can evoke strong emotions. Given the international statistical information that's available to us, it's also likely that many of you, at least some of you taking part in the course, will have either direct or indirect experience of violence against women and girls in your own or other's lives. For some of you, this may well have influenced your decision to study with us. Everyone's experience will be unique, and it will influence how you interpret the materials on the course. Some of the material you may well find distressing and evocative of previous experiences in your own or other's lives.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 secondsPlease remember that this distress is natural, and that it's important to take care of yourself. Sometimes that self-care will involve simply giving yourself time and space to let the memories wash over you and then recede. But sometimes it will be necessity for you to talk over with someone or to seek some support. This might come from friends or from family, but sometimes it might need the involvement of an agency-- a medical practitioner, a counsellor, a social worker, a rape crisis service, a women's refuge, or a shelter.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 secondsWe're unable to list specific agencies available to offer help with these issues across national and international boundaries, but it may be useful for everyone who has undertaken the course at the outset to do a wee bit of research in your local community or your local geographical area to find out what services actually do exist and how accessible these are. Useful search terms-- if you're looking for these online, useful search terms may include domestic abuse, violence against women, rape crisis, women's aid, women's support. It will vary across different geographical locations. Other combinations of these words are possible, and the search might give you some interesting things to talk about in relation to you own community.

Skip to 2 minutes and 6 secondsPlease remember, be mindful of yourself and be respectful of others when engaging in chats and responding to other people's posts. Your personal experience is wholly that-- it's unique and personal to you. It cannot be used as evidence of more general points that you might wish to make. Please only share information about yourself that you are comfortable making available in the course's public online platform. Please be sensitive to the potential for causing distress to yourself and to others in what you see and you post during your time studying the MOOC. The course is designed to stimulate thinking and ideas around violence against women and girls. It's a topic that is challenging and multifaceted.

Skip to 2 minutes and 51 secondsYou'll be introduced to some wide sociological concepts such as gender, power, violence, in order to help you make the connections with under-pinning theories and the lived realities for women living with violence the world over. Each week will be a series of short lectures. You'll be directed towards reading materials. We'll offer some video extracts, and there'll be opportunities for online discussion. There'll be quizzes for you to test your knowledge and development. And in week three and again in week six, we'll use a facility called Google Hangout to enable us to interact directly with you if you want to do that.

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Something to think about before we start:

Thank you for joining us on the course. Violence against women and girls is a topic which can evoke strong emotions.

Given the international statistical information available to us it is also likely that many of you taking this course will have either direct or indirect experience of violence against women and girls in family, interpersonal or social settings. For some of you, this may well have influenced your decision to study with us on the course. Everyone’s experience will be unique and will influence how you interpret the materials in the course.

Some of the material you may well find distressing and evocative of previous experiences in your own or others’ lives. Please remember that this distress is natural and that it is important to take care of yourself. Sometimes that self-care will involve simply giving yourself time and space to let the memories wash over and then recede but sometimes it will be necessary to talk it over with someone or to seek support. This might come from friends or family but sometimes might need the involvement of an agency – medical practitioner, counsellor, social worker, rape crisis service, women’s aid refuge or shelter. We are unable to list the specific agencies available to offer help with these issues across national and international boundaries however it may be useful for everyone, at the outset to do a little research in your local community/geographical area to find out what services exist and how accessible these are. Useful search terms might include domestic abuse, violence against women, rape crisis, women’s aid, women’s support; other combinations will be possible and the search might give you some interesting things to think about in relation to your own community.

Please remember the above, be mindful of yourself and respectful of others when engaging in group discussions and in responding to other people’s posts. Your personal experience is wholly that – it is unique and personal to you - and cannot be used as evidence of more general points that you may wish to make. Please only share information about yourself that you are comfortable making available in the course’s public online platform. Please be sensitive to the potential for causing distress to yourself and to others in what you say and post during your time studying on this course.

This course is designed to stimulate thinking and ideas around violence against women and girls. It is a topic that is challenging and multi-faceted. You will be introduced to some wide sociological concepts such as gender, power and violence in order to help you make connections with underpinning theories and the lived realities for women living with violence the world over.

Each week there will be a series of short lectures, reading materials, video extracts and opportunities for online discussion. There will be quizzes for you to test your knowledge development and in Week 3 and again in Week 6 we will be live streaming Q & A’s where you will have the opportunity to ask us direct questions.

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Understanding Violence Against Women: Myths and Realities

University of Strathclyde