Course Title: Working with Violence and Abuse

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Working with Violence and Abuse

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Christine Craik

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2940

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 10

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

An overwhelming percentage of the work done by Social workers, youth workers and other human service workers, focuses on addressing the consequences of domestic/family violence and childhood sexual abuse. This course is designed to give students an introduction to this work in domestic/family violence, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. Students will examine the social and political underpinnings of violence in our society and the gendered manifestations of this. Students will gain an understanding of the definitions of, and myths about, the many forms of domestic/family violence and sexual abuse, and investigate in whose interests these are maintained. Students will be introduced to current statistics, research and legal responses to this issue as well as the physical and emotional effects on survivors. Students will explore ways in which they can identify and support survivors in ways which promote perpetrator accountability for the abuse and the consequences of this abuse. 

If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM). See the WAM information web page for more information. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes: 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  • Participate robustly in contemporary and changing ideological and political debates impacting on society, in an informed, flexible and grounded manner to evaluate policy and/or engage in policy debates 
  • Apply a body of interdisciplinary knowledge, values and skills in working with and for society’s most vulnerable and marginalised individuals, families, groups and communities 
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on issues of social disadvantage, marginalisation and oppression in both local and international contexts, and proactively work to promote social justice and human rights 
  • Communicate using diverse formats and strategies to stakeholders within and external to your discipline 
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness while promoting respectful, ethical and reflective practice  

Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Explore the social and political structures that promote and contribute to the continuation of domestic/family violence and childhood sexual abuse in Australia.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of current research and statistics around domestic/family violence and childhood sexual abuse.
  3. Outline and explore a broad range of behaviours and practices which constitute domestic/family violence and childhood sexual abuse.
  4. Apply knowledge to identify survivors of domestic/family violence and childhood sexual abuse.
  5. Explain current social and feminist empowerment-based models of support and treatment that will enable them to respond to both survivors and perpetrators.
  6. Promote practice that prioritises survivor safety and perpetrator accountability. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The format of this course, will be a series of 12 online lectures, followed by a two-hour tutorial. The tutorials will be highly interactive with students working in small groups, participating in large group discussions and individual exercises to explore the issues of working with domestic/family abuse. There will be extensive use of role plays and experiential learning to encourage students to actively engage with the skills, further clarify their personal values and viewpoints and unpack the issues presented. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

Weekly readings will be available on the canvas modules, alongside resources, video clips and other relevant information.  

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

  1. Short answer comprehension assignment. 1000 words. 10%  - CLOs 2 & 3.
  2. Magistrates Court visit Report. 1500 words. 40% CLOs 1,4,6 
  3. Essay 50% 2500 words. CLOs 2,3,4,5,6.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.