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The University of Sheffield

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

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 217 reviews

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  • This was such an engaging and informative course. Really well paced and presented with videos of real professionals dealing with women experiencing DVA to give context and guidance. Lots of information on the subject from causes and risks through to indentifying and reaching out to those affected and how issues are taken further in a more official context. Very clear on how to help and support those who may be experiencing DVA in a compassionate and effective way that shows respect and empowers.
  • Anonymous
    I cannot believe hat in such a short duration of time, this course covers almost all major area that involves Domestic Violence in any form.

    The practical case studies of the victims definitely reflects the core of the issue on individual level to community and Global level .

    The Professional interviews video are so informative that one really feels confident about in and outs of the issue.

    Very well organised course. A must for anyone who wants to work in the relevant field or just for their own awareness of this nasty act that exists globally on multilevel .
  • Anonymous
    The course was well organised and laid out. Each step provided information without overloading the trainee with too much information at one time. The mixture of videos, articles and discussions provided variety and flow. It was helpful to hear what various professionals have experienced and how they have dealt with DVA. There were many thought provoking moments (e.g. video about children drawing certain professionals) that made me stop and think about my own subconscious beliefs about gender. The facts about DVA around the world and percentages were surprising. I am determined to help anyone who may appear to be in need of help from DVA in my new job role (mental health support worker). Thank you for the information!
  • 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
    I began this course because I wanted a better understand on domestic violence and a better understand on how to approach it. I have been a victim myself and realised that when people where using some of the tactics taught that they where trying to listen and understand me but back then I felt that they couldn't be bothered to listen as they had tried previous. It has taught me how to approach people and help them if they are in domestic violence relationships but at the same time helped me realise there was more to mine than I knew.
  • Anonymous
    The course is interesting and insightful, it’s one of the best DVA courses. Through this course I have been able to know the steps one needs to follow in helping domestic violent abuse client resolve their challenges.
    The course has thrown more light on the safety aspect of helping process and the importance of active listening when dealing with a client.
    The course has shown in details the Systemic ways of getting information from a reluctant client who is not ready to divulge information that are necessary to address the key issues.
    Above all it has changed my perception about victims of Domestic violent abuse. Thanks
  • Anonymous
    This course helped me undestanding better how DVA occurs. The points I need to be attentive, how as a professional care, I should aproach a victim, and asks subtle questions, so this way, the victim would be confortable to open up ahd share what is happening. There were a lot of concepts that I never imagined I must known. I found this inspired on a Netflix series, Maid. This series, in particular, gave the boost and the confidence to ackowlege the needed information to provide some help where I live.
  • Anonymous
    I have cpomopleted the whole course and marked as complete but it seems that taking me around and around.
  • Anonymous
    I'm so glad with Futurelearn because them let me have the experience of doing a pre-grade course being in the highschool in my home on another country, the 3 parts of the course are quick, only take you maximun 3 weeks and the questions are so easy and you can exapand your answers as you want, i swear that it's gonna make you feel more confident and. You have to study for the tests but don't worry they are so easy. And that's why i give to my course a 5/5 stars.
  • 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.
  • Geta Kassa
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    very helpful course! i have learnt very important topics and help me to provide support for the beneficiaries and train the other humanitarian workers
  • 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

  • Kim Sefia
    This course has been interesting and informative and a good recap on my previous knowledge in this area. I have also gotten some good ideas on how to discuss this topic with victims of DVA.

    I have also found it fairly easy to navigate the IT system, which is always a relief to me
  • 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
    Great course , nice pace, very enlightening, a great help towards my career in this field

    Its increased my awareness of domestic violence and the different ways this can be tackled in society , also helped understand more about the stigma associated with this issue
  • Anonymous
    Great course , nice pace, very enlightening, a great help towards my career in this field

    Its increased my awareness of domestic violence and the different ways this can be tackled in society , also helped understand more about the stigma associated with this issue
  • Anonymous
    Very thorough, I liked the videos, quizzes and areas for discussion. Most important was the emphasis on both genders and the impact on children. It was helpful to have recommendations given on how to speck with potential victims.
  • Anonymous
    I found this course very helpful, as a psychologist i plan using the knowledge i gained during this course to identify the signs of DVA and IPV within my patients and help them to get out of that situation.
  • Anonymous
    Very informative course that covered an impressive range of topics related to DVA. The comment section was also a valuable way to learn from the other members on the course. I highly recommend this.

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