Course Title: Responding to Family Violence: In Justice and Community Settings

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Responding to Family Violence: In Justice and Community Settings

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT: 

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance:

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

PGRDFx2020 (FF),

PGRDFx2020 (INT)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


PGRDFlex21 (INT),

PGRDFlex21 (INT2)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


PGRDFlex22 (INT1),


Course Coordinator: Dr Lisa Harris

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9959

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04.12F

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course assumes students have successfully completed foundational knowledge in criminology, criminal justice and/or legal and dispute studies (such as the course Sex, Gender and Justice). Students without this assumed knowledge should consult the course coordinator prior to enrolling in this course.

Course Description

Family and domestic violence is one the significant social problems of our time. Professionals working in a range of community services and justice roles will regularly come into contact with both victims and offenders of family violence including: as police, in the courts, in mediation and dispute resolution, as corrections and community corrections officers, and as case workers, youth workers or social workers.  This course offers an advanced understanding and capacity to respond to victims of family violence, by building on students’ prior knowledge in the field. The course is structured around four key modules including: I)  Legal Frameworks and Policy Context, II) Intake, Risk Assessment and Safety Planning, III) Individual Support and Casework and IV) Referral, Service Coordination & Information Management.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 
In this course you will develop the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs): 

Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on theories, principles and recent developments in responding to and preventing domestic and family violence. 

Apply logic, creativity and problem-solving towards the social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental dimensions of domestic and family violence. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course you will develop the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):  

CLO 1: Extend knowledge of the family violence response sector and service pathways for victims of family violence. 

CLO 2: Construct an in-depth knowledge of how to recognise and respond to family violence in a range of justice and community settings. 

CLO 3: Critically reflect on and apply knowledge to proposing practice-based responses to family violence in a range of selected case studies. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include a combination of self-directed online modules accompanied by a small number of face-to-face workshops which will focus on group-based discussion and problem solving tasks. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, including readings, videos, webinars and workshops, which will enable students to engage in their learning flexibly around professional commitments. 

In order to develop your knowledge and skills, you will be expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critically engage with the module materials. The workshops will offer a supportive learning environment where you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, and to learn from the knowledge and experience your peers. This peer-based learning may take place through small-group discussions, collaborative work on activities and assessments and/or peer reviewing of research, written work and/or oral presentations. 

Overview of Learning Resources

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

You will be given access to a wide range of resources available online via the course site and RMIT Library, as well as a wide range of online learning resources and extended content. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. 

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:

  • Assessment One: Online Module Tests. Assesses CLOs 1 and 2.  (10%)
  • Assessment Two: Evidence Review. Assesses CLOs 2 and 3. (40%)
  • Assessment Three: Module Case Study Reflections. Assesses CLOs 2 and 3. (50%)

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.