Course Title: Work with family violence contexts within justice environments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: JUST5720

Course Title: Work with family violence contexts within justice environments

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5315 - Diploma of Justice

Course Contact: Irene Pagliarella, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4581

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Michelle Noon

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Successful completion of, or demonstrated equivalence to, the following units of competency:

VU20868 Apply foundation legal principles
VU20869 Work within the criminal justice system
VU20870 Apply writing and presentation skills within a justice environment
VU20871 Support the management of adult offenders within the Victorian correctional framework
PSPOHS401B Implement workplace safety procedures and programs
PSPETHC401A Uphold and support the values and principles of public service

And ONE of the following electives:

VU20867 Support policing processes within justice environment contexts
CHCCHILD401B Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond to family and domestic violence contexts and to follow organisational requirements to report and refer those involved to appropriate personnel and help agencies.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20862 Work with family violence contexts within justice environments


1. Identify the legislative framework for family and violence contexts

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Legislative and statutory requirements and provisions relevant to family and domestic violence are identified
1.2 Functions and roles of organisations and support programs relevant to family violence sector are delineated
1.3 Roles and functions of police in family violence matters are explored


2. Review theoretical perspectives on family violence

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Current and historical local, national and international approaches, theories, and debates on family violence are researched and evaluated
2.2 Ideologies underpinning common family violence concepts, research and practices are delineated and debated
2.3 Concepts of diversity and complexity of clients; experiences are analysed
2.4 Own attitudes and values and their possible influence on own work are identified and discussed


3. Develop strategies for working in family violence contexts within a justice environment

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organisationa; policies, procedures and protocols are identified
3.2 Strategies for recognising and responding to family violence contexts are identified and practised
3.3 Reporting and referring procedures are identified and practised in consultation with relevant people
3.4 Review of efficacy of strategies, including self care approaches, is undertaken in consultation with relevant people

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements and the following;

• Develop, practice and review strategies, including application of legal requirements and effective responses, for managing family violence contexts
• Understand relevant legislation, provisions and regulatory requirements
• Understand theories and debates about family violence that inform contemporary practice and process

Details of Learning Activities

You will participate in a variety of learning activities. They include the following:

In class activities:
• Role plays
• Interviews
• Observations
• Lectures
• Presentations
• Class discussions
• Oral and written questioning

Out of class activities:
• Readings
• Case studies
• Observations

Teaching Schedule

Week One: Introduction to Family Violence

Week Two: Legislative and statutory requirements and provisions- Part 1

Week Three: Legislative and statutory requirements and provisions- Part 2

Week Four: The role of Police

Week Five: The role of Organisations and Support programs

Week Six: Assessing own attitudes and values/Self care

Week Seven: Ideologies- historical local, national and international approaches, theories and debates

Week Eight: Ideologies- current local national and international approaches, theories and debates

Week Nine: Diversity and complexity

Week Ten: Organisational policies, procedures and protocols

Week Eleven: Strategies for recognising and responding – Part 1

Week Twelve: Strategies for recognising and responding – Part 2

Week Thirteen: Reporting and referral process

Week Fourteen: Review of strategies

Week Fifteen: Conclusion and recap

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course. All required readings and case studies will be available either:
• Via My RMIT/Studies Blackboard
• Handed out in class as a hard copy
• Accessible by CD/DVD
• Via the internet/assigned website
• Accessible via the RMIT Library


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including role plays, case studies, observations, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, oral and written questioning, and audio-visual presentations.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the

program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca

Assessment Tasks

A range of formative assessment tasks will be set throughout the semester. It is expected that the student will prove competent in these assessments, and will be given progressive feedback as to the student’s progress.

In order for students to prove competence in this subject, all assessment tasks must be satisfactorily completed in a timely manner.

Formative Assessments:
These will include the following:
• Examination on legislative and statutory requirements
• Profile of one agency and it’s role

Summative Assessments:
These will include the following:
• A review of theoretical perspectives on family violence
• The development of strategies for working in family violence contexts

Assessment Matrix

The assessments have been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table which is as follows:

CHD=Competent with High Distinction
CDI=Competent with Distinction
CC=Competent with Credit
CAG=Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC=Not Yet Competent
DNS=Did not Submit for Assessment

Grades which apply to course delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not-graded)

CA=Competency Achieved
NYC=Not Yet Competent
DNS=Did Not Submit For Assessment

Other Information

All written work must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
2. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner
3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic
4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research
5. In-text references must follow the APA style of referencing. In addition, you must provide a bibliography with correct and comprehensive details in relation to texts, articles, research reports and other sources that you have used
6. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in either Arial or Times Roman. Do not submit double paged assessments.

In accordance with RMIT policy, you may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
• Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.
• Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
You must keep a copy of their assessment until the graded submission has been returned or marks have been posted.

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT student email address.

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each working day late.
No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
• You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

• Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

Plagiarism Software
Students may enter their work into Turnitin, in order to support the originality of their writing and references. The software Turnitin may be used in this course, and can be discussed with your educator, Program Manager and/or downloaded from

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