Course Title: Work with family violence contexts within justice environments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

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:

Organisational; 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

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials, class discussion, seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, field excursions where applicable, on site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups within the criminal justice area.

Teaching Schedule

  • Please refer to dates of Saturday sessions and times of sessions below:

Session One:

Introduction and overview

Introductions and setting up overarching course questions 

Session Two:
Introducing core concepts, ideas and hypotheses

Formative- online test 1

Session Three:
Review theoretical perspectives on family violence
Assessing own attitudes and values, self-care

Formative- online test 2

Session Four:
Guest presenters – Chalk Circle

Formative – online test 2

Session Five:
Ideologies- historical local, national and international approaches, theories and debates 

Formative- online test 3

Session Six:
Ideologies- current local national and international approaches, theories and debates (Chalk Circle)

Formative- online test 4

Session Seven:
Diversity and complexity 

Formative- online test 5

Session Eight:

Develop strategies for working in family violence contexts within the justice environment (Element 3) Strategies for recognising and responding – Part 1 

Formative- online test 6

Session Nine:
Strategies for recognising and responding – Part 2 (Common Risk Assessment Framework, SARA) 

Formative- online test 7

Session Ten:
Reporting and referral process

Formative- online test 8

Session Eleven:
Melbourne Magistrate’s Court experience* (alternative class)

Formative assessment – written reflection
Formative- online test 8

Session Twelve:
Review of strategies
Organisational policies, procedures and protocols

Formative- online test 9

Session Thirteen:

Guest presenters – The Salvation Army 

Formative- online test 10

Session Fourteen:
Legislative frameworks for family and violence contexts.

Legislative and statutory requirements and provisions- Part 1

Formative- online test 11&12

Session Fifteen:
The role of Police 

Formative- online test 13

Session Sixteen:
The role of Organisations and Support programs 

Formative- online test 14

Session Seventeen:

Revision All Summative – Final Examination (50%) 

Session Eighteen:
Assessment: Examination

*Time table alterations
Please note and action significant timetable alterations:

• One of the classes will be Walk A Mile in Her Shoes training. The dates are on alternative Tuesdays, from 2 - 4pm at the Melbourne Magistrates Court (Level 1). Please note that this is an exclusive opportunity normally reserved for industry. You are required to dress appropriately for the court, to attend early (to clear security), and to stay for the duration of the excursion. Please note parking in this area is often restricted to 1 hour, which is not enough time to attend the excursion. I would encourage you to consider taking public transport.

Sign up will be completed on Blackboard. This activity is compulsory, as is the associated written reflection piece.


Saturday workshops: Session 8 - 19 August  2017 Session 9 -  26 August 2017   Session 11 - Monday 2 October - 9.30 am to 4.30 pm Session 13 -Tuesday 3 October -  9.30 am to 12.30 pm (to be confirmed)  Session 14 -Wednesday 4 October- 9.30 am to 4.30 pm   Session 15 -Thursday 5 October- 9.30 am to 12.30 pm (to be confirmed Session 16 - Friday 6 October - 9.30 am to 12.30 pm (to be confirmed)

NOTE: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain competency.
You are expected to attend all scheduled classes and some classes will have sessions that are compulsory to attend (please see individual course guides). If you cannot attend a class you should advise your RMIT Educator, as RMIT monitors all student attendance.

As a student, competency is demonstrated through both knowledge and practical skills relevant to the course content and within the classroom environment. Engagement with educators and other students is critical to you maximising learning opportunities and achieving satisfactory results. Participation in classroom discussion and activities will allow educators to apply observational assessment during role-plays, exercises and assignments and provide you with feedback.

Absence from class can seriously limit your ability to pass or achieve good results. You may be asked to attend a meeting to explain more than three absences from a subject and enter into a negotiated plan of action with your Educator. This meeting is recommended as an early intervention approach that may possibly identify any underlying issues which may be affecting your attendance and identify support that RMIT may be able to give you.

Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. If your academic progress is reviewed, a good class attendance may be helpful in showing evidence of your commitment to your studies in Justice.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning resources will be made available on Blackboard.

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

The assessment can be summarised into four separate categories.

1) There will be 14 (ungraded) tests administered. A test will be available each week, starting week 3. Some of these tests are combined. These are tests 8&9, 11&12 and 13&14.

2) There will be a formative assessment regarding the Melbourne Magistrate’s court experience. This will be due at the end of the semester.

3) There will be a summative essay in two parts. This is worth 50 percent of your grade and has a total word count of 1,200 words (+/- 10 percent). Submissions are to be typed, written in prose (not dot points) and adequately referenced. This task must be completed entirely on your own, including the scoping and research stage. You are welcome to use headings as appropriate. APA referencing is expected.

4) A summative final examination will capture the content covered by the formative online tests throughout the semester. This is worth 50 percent of your grade. The examination will be administered close to the end of semester, and the date and format for this examination will be confirmed.

Students will also be required to complete further homework tasks and reading, as directed.

**Students are reminded that to prove competency in this subject, they must satisfactorily prove competence in ALL assessment tasks.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix
This is available via MyRMIT/Studies
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
Assessment Deadlines

Any due date for any assignment is to be considered a deadline. You can submit work at any time prior to the submission date, but it must be into the Administration office by close of business (5pm) of the day the submission is due.

Assessment Format

As a student of the Justice VE program, it is expected that you adhere to the following criteria regarding essays/research/reports;
1. For ADVANCED DIPLOMA each written assessment task/s – up to 2500 words, 6 academic references and ONE in-text citation per paragraph.
2. A paragraph is usually between 200 – 250 words.
3. A sentence is usually between 20 - 25 words.
4. American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing Style is the EXPECTED referencing style for the school of Criminal Justice (VE).
5. We highly recommend that all students download a copy of the APA Referencing Guide which is available on the Blackboard or purchase a Pocket Guide to APA style from the campus bookshop.
6. APA Referencing system is to be used and all in-text citations must be recorded according to APA standards.
7. An academic reference is a scholarly source (journal articles that are peer reviewed, a published book, an approved government or organisation website etc.).
8. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
9. 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 address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical ordered and organised manner.
10. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research.
11. 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.
12. All assignments to be submitted via the Drop Box (Building 37, level 2) and submitted via email to the Advanced Diploma email address to verify submission Assessments must be submitted by 5pm (close of business).
13. Written assessments will also be submitted with a Turnitin Report attached (as instructed by your Educator).

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of implications of plagiarism.
Please refer to the following link for on-line submission statements;

Cover sheets do NOT form part of your word limit for written assessment tasks.

Assignment Submissions:
The submission of assessments on the due date is the responsibility solely of the student. Students should not leave assignment preparation until the last minute and must plan their workloads so as to be able to meet advertised or notified deadlines.
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, you need to submit any work that has been completed on the due date.
The penalty for assignments submitted late will be 10% of the maximum mark per day late or part thereof.
Weekends and holidays will attract the same penalty as weekdays.
Assignments that are late by 7 days or more will not be marked and will be awarded zero.


It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.
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. Speak with your teacher or course coordinator regarding applying for an extension.
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:

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:
1. 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;
2. Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
3. Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
4. Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
5. Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
6. Copying a whole or any part of another student's work; and
7. Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
8. 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 Conduct Regulations –;ID=r7a7an6qug93

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

Complaints Procedure:
RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.
Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.

Student Complaints Policy:
Student complaints Procedure:;ID=i1lexipvjt22
Student Complaints Form:

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