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Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse

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On average this
course contributes
1-2 hours
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This Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse course has been created with victims in mind and will inform learners about domestic violence and abuse, and how to support those experiencing it.

Each year around 2.1 million people (men and women) in England and Wales suffer some form of domestic abuse. On average high risk victims live with domestic violence abuse for 2.6 years before seeking help and 23% of those victims attend A&E as a result of their injuries in the year before they get help.

“There used to be blood stains on the wall, but we've painted over it now” Susan, aged 13

This course will cover the following outcomes:

  • Explain what domestic violence and abuse is and identify who is at risk
  • Describe the physical and psychological effects of domestic violence and abuse
  • Classify the behaviours displayed by an abusive person
  • Explain the impact of domestic violence and abuse on children young people and vulnerable adults
  • Outline the MARAC process
  • Describe best practices for supporting those experiencing domestic violence

This course is relevant to anyone working with children young people, vulnerable adults.

When you've completed this online training you will sit an online test and, once successful, you can download your certificate.

Course Details

Lesson Plan

This module will provide important knowledge on how to support those suffering from domestic violence and/or abuse.

The subjects covered in this module include:

  • Introduction
    • Terminology
  • What is domestic abuse and violence?
    • Types of domestic violence and abuse
    • Who is affected?
    • Risk factors
    • Causes
    • Barriers to adults seeking help
    • Domestic abuse situations
    • The signs of domestic violence
    • What to do if you spot the signs
  • The power and control wheel
    • Case study
    • Common mistakes when helping victims
    • What do victims want?
    • Key principles for helping victims
    • The coordinated community response model
  • Impact on children, young people and adults at risk
    • Children's experiences of domestic abuse
    • Children who may be more vulnerable
    • The power and control wheel applied to children
    • The impact on children
    • Resilience factors
    • Barriers to children disclosing
    • Vulnerable adults
    • Case study
    • Other barriers to seeking help
  • The MARAC process
    • Multi-agency risk assessment conferences (MARACs)
    • Aims of the MARAC
    • Assessing risk
    • Case study
    • Information sharing
  • Best practice for supporting victims
    • Guiding principles
    • Safe enquiry
    • Confidentiality
    • The signs of domestic violence
    • Following disclosure
    • Safeguarding children
    • Effective risk assessment
    • Safety planning
    • Common barriers to effective risk management
  • Further assistance

    • Target Audience

      This course is suitable for anyone working with children, young people or vulnerable adults.


      It is estimated that this module will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. The course is self-paced with approximately 118 interactive screens with multiple components. Your progress will be recorded throughout.


      On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.

      CPD Accreditation

      The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

      Entry Requirements

      There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

      What our customers have said

      Clear information, easy to understand and straightforward enough to progress through the various modules.
      15/02/2017 BC
      I liked the interactive elements of the module and the questions to help recap main points in each section.
      31/01/2017 LP
      Its the first training I have completed to enhance my knowledge on domestic abuse. The module flowed well and made sense as I was navigated through the system. I thought my knowledge on DA was good before the course but my knowledge has definitely been enhanced and I feel much more confident in dealing with Domestic Abuse cases in the future
      17/01/2017 JS
      I found the case studies fascinating and they provided variety of information.
      07/01/2017 MK
      The practice quizzes at the end of each section are useful to check your understanding.
      22/09/2015 JS
      I liked the way the module has been prepared, very clear and easy to understand and make my own notes
      NR 28/04/2015
      I thought that it was bit more in depth than the other subjects I have covered
      KD 21/04/2015
      In my current role I have recently attended a session via IDVA workers. This course added to that information
      CA 06/03/2015
      I liked the voice facility. The module is a working tool and useful for personal skill for identifying the signs of abuse
      EB 24/01/2015
      I felt as though I retained the information as it was repeated in different formats and then tested
      LC 14/01/2015
      Very informative and the questions were helpful to show what I know
      JM 26/11/2014
      The module provides clear advise and information that would help me to identify a possible abusive situation, also enabling me to support somebody to get appropriate help
      ST 11/08/2014
      I thought the comments that were included from children etc were very helpful and obviously highlights the affect that Domestic Violence has on all aspects of a child's life. I liked the visual effects that were used as it helps to remain in your mind. The statistics were also very good to include
      EW 27/07/2014
      To date this course has been the best. Brief enough not to be a drag but detailed enough for you to have to really take note. The differing formats of information delivery kept me engaged with content and there is a clear benefit to some repetition in the modules
      AG 16/07/2014
      I liked the fact you had to click on sections of the page to gain more information on the subject instead of being all there on the page, I think it made it much easier to understand, rather than lots of information to take in one go
      GL 17/05/2014
      Easy to access and can be completed in your own time. You can print off your own notes as well
      AB 29/04/2014
      I found the module very interesting and the information was available to print off if needed, the module also directed me to websites which I could use in my work
      SY 09/04/2014

      Cost and Discounts

      £30 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

      Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone UKVC Sales on 01943 885095.

      How it Works

      The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

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      This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

      You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


      The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

      The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

      Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


      This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 1-2 hours.

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