Recognise and Respond to Domestic and Family Violence

VET Diploma Level Module

This module provides students with the skills and knowledge required to identify and respond to domestic violence during professional contact with clients. Students are introduced to the issue of domestic and family violence and its effects, and are provided with the skills needed to respond appropriately to clients experiencing domestic and family violence, including promoting confidence in those clients, and providing relevant and timely information and referral. Students are also provided with the knowledge and skills needed to manage their own performance, and to take responsibility for their professional development in relation to domestic and family violence.

Learning Elements

The unit of competency CHCDFV301A Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence contains four elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • work within a domestic violence framework
  • promote confidence with clients affected by domestic violence
  • identify client needs
  • respond to client needs

The unit of competency CHCDFV402C Manage own professional development in responding to domestic and family violence contains four elements or learning outcomes. You will learn to:

  • work within a domestic violence framework
  • model high standards of performance
  • develop and maintain professional competence

Content Areas

  • Understanding Domestic Violence
  • The Cycle of Abuse
  • The Impact of Domestic Violence
  • Factors that Contribute to Domestic Violence
  • Gender and Domestic Violence
  • Rights, Responsibilities and Domestic Violence
  • Working with Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Approaches to Managing and Preventing Domestic Violence
  • Approaches to Managing and Preventing Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Violence and Culture
  • Counsellors' Perspectives on Abuse
  • Professional Development for Counsellors

Module Duration and Workload

This module involves a total of 96 hours per term of study including course work component, teacher contact, research and related study activities, translating to approximately 8 hours of study per week. Students will need to allocate additional time for the completion of assessment activities related to the module.