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Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn

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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.

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Parveen Ali

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence Based on 81 reviews

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Anonymous
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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.
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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.
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Anonymous
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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!
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Anonymous
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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.
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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.
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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.?
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Anonymous
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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.
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Anonymous
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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.
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Anonymous
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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.
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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.
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Anonymous
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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!
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Anonymous
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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.
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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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Anonymous
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This course is very informative and provides good strategies on how to support victims of domestic violence. It shows the systems in place in the UK. The course presents many opportunities to evaluate the effectiveness of these systems and strategies in the context of the UK as well as wherever you might live. There was also interesting extra reading material that was surprising. I genuinely learned a lot from this course and think that it is beneficial to everyone, regardless of a personal link to this area.
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Anonymous
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I really liked this course. It was clear, accurate and easy to follow. Still, it also provided some interesting discussions about complicated topics.

I speacially enjoyed the part where terms as concepts were clarified. As their meaning tend to to vary depending on the author, book or even country legislation, I found that part very enlightening. I also enjoyed the part about opening a conversation about DVA and developing strategies.

In general, I have really enjoyed this course. Thank you.
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Anonymous
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I found the course very well presented with lots of information, statistics and personal insights of various professionals. I think this course is designed to raise awareness of DVA and to give social workers, nurses, doctors, but also the broader public tools to respond and help victims efficiently. By completing this course I learned how complex and wide spread the issue of DVA is around the world and that it is present throughout many levels of society.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a great course, thank you!

Well-made, engaging, interesting, great videos with wonderful professionals.

The only flaw of the course is built in its very nature: as an introductory course, it is very short.

I found Week 3 especially interesting and important. I also feel Week 3 contains absolutely crucial information and touches upon the most complex parts of the fight against DVA. As such, I think it should go into more detail.

All in all, great course!
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Anonymous
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Interesting course with some good materials and links to assist in maintaining knowledge and understanding regarding the issues faced in this field. Of note are the stats and the points of how to spot such issues with an individual and wider look at other impact factors towards the domain of domestic violence. Some input is also provided on the support structures and interesting videos in place as well from real life parties involved in the subject area.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I support survivor's of Rape and sexual abuse which can often lead to DVA and lead them into abusive relationships.

This course was very informative and the articles written about the subject was very educational and the video's were also very good. Showing us how the Police can help, Social services and a GP.

I would really recommend this course for professionals/volunteers who work with people who need our support, as it is so helpful.
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Anonymous
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I really enjoyed this course it was very informative.

I now have tools and a better understanding of how to approach and speak to someone who I feel is going through DVA.

I have knowledge of the signs to look for in a victim or child Of the victim

I learned about putting a safety package together

I am going to collate information from my local area of services to support and help victims of DVA so that it is available for future use
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