SOCCHFAM 700 - Domestic Violence: Challenges and Responses

Course code
Domestic Violence: Challenges and Responses
Counselling, Human Services, and Social Work
Delivery modes
Block Intensive (intensive on campus days)
Block Intensive (intensive on campus days)
Course director

Irene De Haan

Course description

An in-depth examination of the prevalence, consequences, risk and protective factors of domestic violence in Aotearoa New Zealand. Draws on local and international research to explore conceptual models, theories, practice and current research concerns, aimed at prevention and intervention activities at the individual, family/whānau, organisational, community and societal levels.

Course overview

New Zealand has a persistently high rate of intimate partner violence. Professionals working in health, justice, education and social work will inevitably encounter people whose lives are profoundly affected by intimate partner violence. Commonly, however, it is difficult to pick this up, far less respond in ways that will be safe and helpful.

This course explains concepts that are fundamental to understanding people’s experiences. It clarifies the complexity of the problem and describes the development of a systemic response capable of mitigating and even preventing harm. Students have the opportunity to engage with debates that characterise the field. There is also an opportunity to study an aspect of intimate partner violence in detail.

The course is relevant to professionals wanting to enhance their understanding of intimate partner violence as well as to students studying policy (e.g., Master of Public Policy) or professional practice in various disciplines (see list of relevant programmes below).

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, it is intended that students will be able to: Critically discuss implications and consequences of diverse perspectives on family violence. Engage in debate about current and potential responses to patterns of harm resulting from family violence. Articulate key elements of responsive practice to promote safety Discuss strategies for effective collaborative work in the family violence field. Describe the association between intimate partner violence is associated with child maltreatment.

    Currently scheduled classes

    2021 Epsom (Semester 2): On campus block teaching on Thursdays (29 July, 16 September) and Fridays (30 July, 17 September) from 9.00 am – 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm.
    2022 Epsom (Semester 2): On-campus block teaching on Thursdays (28 July, 15 September) and Fridays (29 July, 16 September), 9.00 am – 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm.
    2022 Online (Semester 2): Online teaching on Thursdays (28 July, 15 September) and Fridays (29 July, 16 September), 9.00 am – 12.00 pm and 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm.
    Online scheduled sessions are part of our hybrid courses (courses that are taught simultaneously in two modes: a face-to-face or blended stream and an online stream). Students in the online stream will join the class remotely using video-conference. Through our advanced virtual classroom facilities, students in both streams will participate in group work and class discussions together. Please note that you will be required to be available to join the class at scheduled times.
    2022 Offshore Online (Semester 2)

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    This course can be taken as a taught course in the following programmes:

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