Course Title: Work with family violence contexts within justice environments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

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


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

 Week One: Introduction to Family Violence

Week Two: A critical conversation – experts from the field*  

Week Three: Assessing own attitudes and values, self-care 

Week Four: Melbourne Magistrate’s Court experience*  

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

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

Week Seven: Diversity and complexity 

Week Eight: Develop strategies for working in family violence contexts within the justice environment Strategies for recognising and responding – Part 1  


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

Week Ten: Reporting and referral process 

Week Eleven:Review of strategies; Organisational policies, procedures and protocols
Guest speaker-The Salvation Army

Week Twelve: Review of strategies; Organisational policies, procedures and protocols
Guest speaker-The Salvation Army

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

Week Fourteen: The role of Police 

Week Fifteen: The role of Organisations and Support programs 

Week Sixteen: Conclusion and recap

Week Seventeen: Conclusion and recap

Week Eighteen: Assessment week: Examination details tentatively scheduled for November 8th (TBC) 


Please note and action significant timetable alterations:

  • In Week 2 (15th July) students will all be required to attend Family Violence class in the afternoon, at an alternative venue. Alcohol and Other Drugs (with Karen) will be held in the morning for all students.
  • In Week 11 (13th September) there will be no class. In lieu of class this week, students must attend and complete work for the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court Walk A Mile in Her Shoes training. The dates are the following Tuesdays, from 2 - 4pm at the Melbourne Magistrates Court (Level 1): July 19, August 8th, August 23rd, September 6th, September 20th, October 4th or October 18th. Students who are attending to excursion in the afternoon will be required to attend the morning class on the same day, even if enrolled in the afternoon class.

Sign up will be completed on Blackboard. This activity is compulsory.

  • In Week 12 and 13, there will be guest presentations for one week. This will depend on whether you are enrolled in the morning or afternoon class. However, by the end of this module all students will have covered the same content.
  • There will be an examination set. The date, time and location will be confirmed, however is tentatively scheduled for November 8th.

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.

Attendance -
 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.
We expect that students engage in learning through a combination of lectures, individual reading and study, meaningful feedback on written work and structured activities that encourage critical thinking and the development of discipline specific knowledge and practical skills.
Students are active participants and this course prioritises learning by doing. It is essential that students take ownership of their studies and work on developing skills as independent learners in time allocated away from lectures and class time.
As a student you need to demonstrate both knowledge and practical skills relevant to the course content 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.
You will be required to sign an attendance sheet and if you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to advise your educator and complete any written tasks that may have been allocated. 
Students are required to carefully plan and use their time productively and submit assessments as required. All assessments tasks should be researched and drafted well in advance of the set submission dates.
The course will use blended learning techniques, including; lectures, discussions, activities in class and learner directed activities supported by a range of resources available in class and on Blackboard system
Feedback - You will receive verbal and/or written feedback on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student Progress -
 Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.

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 online formative (ungraded) tests administered via Blackboard. A test will be available each week, starting week 2. Each test needs to be successfully completed to a pass standard, and is the student’s responsibility to complete each test. If there is documentary evidence of illness or absence, students will be afforded to opportunity to resubmit that formative test.  

Some of these tests are combined. These are tests 8&9, 11&12 and 13&14.

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

3)     There will be a summative essay due after the mid semester break (23rd September). This is worth 50 percent of your grade. Your task is divided into two questions, both of which require a written response of 1,000 words in total. Both questions are weighted equally. 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. This assesses Element 2.

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 in the final weeks 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 must achieve competency IN ALL assessment tasks to PASS this subject.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Grading Table
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; it must be submitted into the Assessment Box on level 2, in Building 37 with a signed cover sheet, or electronically submitted into the Justice VET email box with an electronically attached cover sheet, by close of business on the day the submission is due.

Assessment Format
A major part of your course requires writing, for essays, research and reports. ALL Justice VE educators will expect you to maintain a high standard of presentation in your writing. These standards include the following:

1. For a DIPLOMA written assessment task/s – no less than 2000 words, 5 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).

If you have any difficult with understanding or completing these writing standards, please speak with your Educator or the Program Manager

Other Information

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


All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level and by the DUE DATE. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by a due date, you will need to apply for an extension.

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 your 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.

An extension 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 will not be granted where the relevant Course Coordinator/Program Manager is not satisfied that the student took reasonable measures to avoid the circumstances that contributed to the student being unable to submit the progressive assessment.

Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by Course coordinators or individual educators.

Longer extensions

Extension of time longer than 7 days can only be granted through special consideration.

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

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:

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.

The penalty for assignments submitted late will be 5% 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.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All assessment items are to be submitted with a University Assessment Coversheet. Students are responsible for ensuring they complete all sections of the Cover Sheet and that they have agreed to the Academic Integrity Declaration.

Retention of Assessments
The University is required to retain all essays, assignments, and other assessment materials for a minimum of six months from the date of issue of results.

At the completion of the six-month period, students can collect their assessments by prior arrangement with their Educator in Building 37, level 4, room 13.

In the event that assessment material is not collected within the time period, it will be destroyed. Material that relates to appeals that have not yet been finally determined will not destroyed.

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 and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to 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 (unresolved) – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y (unresolved)

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


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