Understanding and Working with Domestic Violence


In Australia, at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or ex-partner. In the United States, nearly 20 people per minute are abused by an intimate partner (equating to 10 million per year). These grim statistics alert us to the sad truth about domestic violence: it is pervasive, and as a mental health practitioner, you are likely to see a client at some stage who has been a victim of intimate partner violence. This course helps you to understand it and recognize the signs that violence may have occurred or be occurring currently. We look through feminist, psychological and attachment lenses to understand domestic violence and explore its effects on the abused. The cycle of abuse is traced and common myths about intimate partner violence are debunked. Safety planning and practical preparations ‐ for either staying or leaving the abusive relationship ‐ are important components of the course. You will also learn about the stages of recovery from trauma and/or abuse.



Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to: Define domestic/intimate partner violence and list the main types of it; explain how intimate partner violence occurs from a feminist perspective, a psychological orientation, and using notions of attachment theory; trace the cycle of abuse and name the effects on its victims: mostly women and children; debunk the common myths around domestic/intimate partner violence; discuss the experiences of victim/survivors attending counseling; recite the principles of the Duluth Model; help make a safety plan and practical preparations for a client, whether staying or leaving an abusive situation; name the stages of recovery from abuse/trauma; list the main tips for working with a victim/survivor.




Level: 1

Duration (hrs): 3

Author: Dr Meg Carbonatto

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