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Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

Overview

Enhance your knowledge of gender-based violence and the forms of domestic abuse

Domestic violence is a global health issue that can take many forms and affect anyone.

Health and social care professionals play an important role in recognising and helping victims of violent and abusive relationships.

On this course, you’ll address the role of gender in domestic violence and learn to recognise the various forms of violence and abuse.

You’ll reflect on the impact of domestic violence and understand your responsibilities as a health or social care worker.

By the end of this course, you’ll feel more confident to help support domestic violence victims and survivors.

This course is designed for health and social care professionals, including nurses, doctors, family support workers, and community workers.

The course will also appeal to lawyers, school teachers, police, and anyone familiar with victims of domestic violence.

This course has been designed to help practitioners who work with victims of domestic violence and abuse to provide effective support. We regret that we are unable to provide direct support to victims in this course.

Taught by

Parveen Ali

Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 100 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As someone who has just started working within the DVA service, I have been learning more about DVA on the job over these past two months as I settle into the new role. This course has proved a valuable addition to, and means of solidifying, my awareness and understanding of DVA, its prevalence, impact and how to think about responding when we encounter it in the lives of people we work with and for. It's hard to make an online course hugely interactive, but I appreciated the space where we could read other peoples' comments and thoughts, as well as contribute our own. Thank you very much for allowing such easy access to very pertinent and valuable learning.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course provides sobering data about the extent of DVA (domestic violence and abuse) in all societies. Voices of professionals, including academics, lawyers and front-line professionals, add insight to the issues at stake and guidance on how to respond to victims/survivors. Although some of the content is more tailored to those in these front-line roles (crisis agency staff and those working in healthcare and the public sector), the course has highlighted that it is important for all of us to be aware of the prevalence of DVA and to be ready to offer an appropriate response.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this course really very informative and essy to follow.
    I reslly liked the summary Quizzes inclided that test our knowledge as we progress through.
    All information is given in bitesized digestibke pieces and never felt overwhelming.
    Although a tough topic for sure, i completed this course feeling much more confident than when i started. Fantastic well done to all those who contributed to this course regarding content, aswell as my thought provoking fellow learners who left interesting comments.
    Thanks again!
  • Anonymous
    I am enjoying to complete the preliminary exam and course about supporting victims domestic violence.its helpful subject for all health worker . social worker are benefits on that subject.This topic was helpful for all ongoing learners on various subjects to study I was very thankful to future learn for giving opportunity to do this course.I got two course certificate from future learn.so I appeal to all new learners to do various subjects on this platform

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It has been a wonderful experience updating my knowledge on supporting victims of DVA. The use of amazing skills to identify victims and to gain their trust to be able to communicate freely for you to help them. Most Important things to put in place to help them escape from harm in the hands of their perpetrators. Also referral process is vital to tailor support for the victim.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoy the time space, the flexibility and simplicity of this course, it is indeed an educative interaction. What i really like about this course is how wide enough it delivered all aspect of the topic in a simplified and well explained manner, i really really enjoy my session.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It is important for volunteers & professionals working directly with families & individuals experiencing DV to feel empowered to help them. So often cases can be dropped because of “lack of evidence”. It can be situation where families feel utterly powerless.?
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I would recommend this course to anybody interested in the subject of Domestic Abuse.

    It is sensitively approached to interest professionals and people who may want to learn more about their own relationships and what help is available to them.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A very interesting course! In Italy we have a very low rate (12%) of VDA, but this is not enough, even if there's a new legal protocol, called "Codice Rosso" (Red Code), to help victims.

    I've learnt a lot of things: thank you very much.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course was very resourceful. I have got a lot of informations about prevalence of DVA in the world and the nature of DVA. In this course, I have learned about a lot of signs, that someone inexperienced could miss.
  • Anonymous
    Unfortunate circumstances forced a break in my completion of this course, but I eventually finished it and am glad that I returned to do so. Domestic Violence is such a tragic set of circumstances that come together, for whatever reason and inevitably...
  • Tara C.

    Tara completed this course.

    I am a pre-school room leader, the safeguard lead, the well being officer. I have been growing myself as a person and as a practitioner, this year I had my first hands on experiences of a DV case, it involved, religion, finances. Anyway I am passionate in this area as I am keen to help others, direct them, support them, if the case I have worked in saved a mother and a child then I feel I achieved a good piece of work. however I would like to use the knowledge and skills I now have to further my learning and development, and to support people in my community.
    The videos and knowledge from the staff and professionals that contributed to this course were clear and detailed throughout.
    Shame I didn't get a certificate.
  • Anonymous
    The course was extremely interesting particularly reading other peoples perception of Domestic Violence.

    The video's were very good and motivated me into wanting to see more and read more of the course.

    Completing the tests were great and due to the course being informative I absorbed more information to enable me to get the questions right.

    I currently work with service users that have experienced D.V do |I can now relate to some of the service users behaviors' and their reluctance to open up. Some of the questions to ask were extremely helpful and I will take this on board when dealing with sensitive situations.

    Thank you I highly recommend the course
  • Anonymous
    The course was extremely interesting particularly reading other peoples perception of Domestic Violence.

    The video's were very good and motivated me into wanting to see more and read more of the course.

    Completing the tests were great and due to the course being informative I absorbed more information to enable me to get the questions right.

    I currently work with service users that have experienced D.V do |I can now relate to some of the service users behaviors' and their reluctance to open up. Some of the questions to ask were extremely helpful and I will take this on board when dealing with sensitive situations.

    Thank you I highly recommend the course
  • Tlou .
    If it be possible this course has to be part of the curriculum from the foundation phase going up so that young one grow knowing what DVA is. As we are all affected we need to empower all sectors of life so that women are aware and be able to deal with the situation while there is still time.

    This course has helped me a lot even in my personal life. DVA knows no class, gender, race, colour, geographic area. We need to support each other no matter what. The agencies and organisations that deal with this must be accessible in every location of every country to be able to combat this pandemic.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was a valuable and well presented course, with input from key practitioners in the field and a wealth of relevant information to digest and comment on. I have learned a great deal about the factors that place some people at higher risk of DVA than others, possible signs of DVA and how victims of DVA might be supported and the progress made in terms of British law protecting and supporting such victims.
    The course has definitely changed the way I think about this issue and will certainly enable me to carry out the work that I do in education and Foster care more efficiently. Excellent!
  • Anonymous
    A massive topic which in my opinion has been under the radar for so long. (Relate this to eating disorders of the 70/80's - it happened but no one had experience of the effects and its anominity kept it a secret problem) I speak from experience, lived with abuse for 32 years. The systems don't work, the experience and support networks are simply not there - or if they are there is a massive time delay. I am a teacher, former uni lecturer and now have a job as a IDVA. I want to make a difference. I would be delighted to offer my support in whatever way I can. Clare Robinson
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I work in a Social Prescribing setting within a Medical Centre. We are a Community Interest Company . I support GPs to be able to do their job more effectively by dealing with the social side of things. This allows for more time to be dedicated to the more immediate medical concerns. Its an absolute privilege to work in this field where your input can make the real difference.
    Although the work I do involves DV you can never become complacent in thinking you know everything.
    Your course has been informative, interesting and makes me want to look for others. Well done to you all.
  • Anonymous
    I genuinely enjoyed this course. I liked the way it was structured -starting with the theory of DVA and then learning more practical stuff- as it made it easier to follow. Overall, I think it was quite informative and covered all the main areas that I was interested in regarding supporting survivors of domestic violence. In particular, it was very beneficial to me learning about 'talking to victims', 'safety planning' and 'multi-agency partnerships'. I'm very happy I completed this course and I would gladly recommend to other professionals that deal with DVA survivors.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I think it's fantastic that all this information is available for free! As I have already completed a counselling bachelor much of this information was a refresher, I think everyone should have this knowledge. I really enjoyed the discussion section, it's rare to have a class discussion with people from all over the world. Hearing about different experiences, laws and understanding was very insightful will help me be more competent within my practice as a therapist. Thank you for providing a great course. :)

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