Course Title: Specialist Family Violence Case Coordination and Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Specialist Family Violence Case Coordination and Management

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

PGRDFlex21 (INT)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


PGRDFlex22 (INT1),



City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


PGRDFlex23 (All)

Course Coordinator: Professor Anastasia Powell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3566

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04

Course Coordinator Availability: Email, by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed JUST2335 Sex, Gender and Justice and JUST2342 Responding to Family Violence before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning or have completed other study that would provide the knowledge base to study this course (e.g. you are currently completing a Master of Social Work) 

Course Description

In this course, you will develop the knowledge and skills to undertake a case management and coordination role in the family violence service system and related fields. Case management and coordination is a process of identifying, assessing and coordinating responses to clients’ needs.  This process commences from the time a client contacts a mainstream or specialist family violence service system and continues as clients engage with social, health and legal systems to achieve their goals. 

You will examine and analyse the similarities and differences in the theoretical and practical application of case management practice more generally and apply this within a complex family violence context. This course will draw on Australian and international practice frameworks, applying a person-centred, trauma informed, strengths-based approach to working with a client. The case management theory and practice knowledge attained through this course are applicable across specialist Family Violence case management roles within health, human services and justice settings.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on theories, principles and recent developments in responding to and preventing domestic and family violence 
  • Develop appropriate ethical responses to contemporary social and policy issues relevant to domestic and family violence problems 
  • Apply reflective practice and case management skills in assessing domestic and family violence situations, while demonstrating social and cultural sensitivity 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Explain the theoretical underpinning of case coordination and management practice with an intersectional lens, incorporating a person-centred, trauma informed, strengths-based approach to practice in a specialist family violence context. 
  2. Develop a theoretically informed and evidence-based understanding of risk and effective case management for a client in a specialist family violence context. 
  3. Critically reflect on the practice skills and knowledge required to work ethically and effectively with people experiencing family violence. 

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities in this course include completion of online module content in the Canvas course website, completion of assessments (see below), and contributions to student-led online seminars. The online module content includes video lectures and recorded interviews with sector experts as well as required and suggested readings set by your Course Coordinator.  

The student-led seminars are held in Collaborate Ultra (via the course Canvas website), and provide an opportunity to discuss your reflections on the course content with your peers and your teachers. Learning activities in the student-led online seminars may include: small-group discussions, collaborative work on activities and assessments, and/or verbal presentations. 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to your learning resources online via the course website (Canvas) and the RMIT Library. These resources will include: video lectures and recorded interviews with sector experts; required reading materials; and suggested supplementary reading and/or video materials. Log into the Canvas course website for complete details of the learning resources. 

There are services and resources 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 website. 

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Comprehensive Risk Assessment and Comprehensive Risk Management and Safety Plan, 30%, CLO1 and CLO2 

Assessment Task 2: Client’s Evidence Informed Case Plan and Reflection, 30%, CLO1 and CLO2 

Assessment Task 3: Critical Reflection, 40%, CLO1, CLO2 and CLO3 

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.