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New Domestic Violence Graduate Certificate


The School of Justice in the Faculty of Law at QUT has launched Australia’s first Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence. Students can choose to study two units a semester or take one unit at a time. Full details about the course are available here.

Read the news release here.

The four units are:
JSN204 Working with Domestic Violence
JSN203 Reducing Lethal Risk
JSN202 Children and Family Violence
JSN201 Dynamics of Domestic Violence

The course is offered online for flexible learning and is available to students across Australia. It supplements research with multimedia, discussion with other students, guest speakers, and tutorials with the lecturers.

The Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence is designed to provide an in-depth look at the latest studies to inform research, policy, and practice in the field. It is a truly interdisciplinary course, drawing from criminology, law, social work, sociology, psychology, health, and economics. The course was designed after extensive community consultation with more than 100 community organisations and stakeholders.

JSN201 Dynamics of Domestic Violence is focused on the different types of violence and abuse, including its prevalence and distribution based on Australian official data sources and studies. It investigates the contributing factors that shape abuse and its impact, including perpetrator beliefs and behaviours. This unit provides critical skills training for interpreting research and an introduction to domestic violence measurement. It also reviews relevant state and national laws as well as major reports and action plans from government.

JSN202 Children and Family Violence centres on the implications of domestic violence for children. It includes domestic violence against pregnant women, the overlap between domestic violence and child abuse, and the latest research on trauma and the impact of exposure to adult violence. It includes skills training around interviewing children. This unit reviews law and policy related to child abuse reporting, including the Hague child abduction convention. The unit looks in depth at domestic violence in context of family law, including consideration the Best Interests of the Child. It also reviews issues related to “failure to protect.”

JSN203 Reducing Lethal Risk is focused on preventing domestic violence homicide. It reviews the research on domestic violence related homicide and suicide, including risk factors for child fatalities. The unit covers risk factors like separation, stalking, and strangulation and provides skills training in assessing lethal risk and safety planning. It also looks at domestic violence fatality reviews and death investigation.

JSN204 Working with Domestic Violence Victims is all about domestic violence services. It reviews the landscape of services in Queensland and will provide practical information about referral networks. This unit also includes information about integrated response teams and other coordinated models for domestic violence response. This unit emphasises the best available tools for screening. It also looks at meeting the needs of diverse communities, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to immigrant, disabled, rural, and LGBT communities. This unit also contains a section on vicarious trauma and self-care and an individualised professional development project.

Pending final approval by the University Academic Board, the first cohort of students will begin study in February 2016.

QUT also offers an undergraduate unit JSB286 Domestic Violence


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