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DFVP20001 Domestic and Family Violence Practice: Key Concepts and Perspectives
Domestic and Family Violence Practice: Key Concepts and Perspectives
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General Information


This foundation unit will introduce you to core concepts in the field of domestic and family violence practice. There is a specific focus on investigating terminology issues and the prevailing understanding of domestic and family violence at state, national and global levels. You will make critical use of contemporary research, policy documents and legislation that address domestic and family violence (including intimate partner violence and the abuse of children, older persons, parents, siblings and animals). You will examine perspectives and theories that demonstrate the difference between gendered and non-gendered conceptions of domestic and family violence and explore societal and individual influences on this behaviour. You will learn about the sociological nature of domestic and family violence that illustrates the issues faced by priority populations and implications for practice. Legal and safety considerations that arise from working in this context and ethical, professional and self-management implications for practice are explored in this unit.


Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2023

No offerings for DFVP20001

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation


Nicola provided us with incredibly helpful information with lots of examples and templates to use. This is my first formal studies in about 23 years and have felt both very supported and that the unit was very informative and useful in my learning. The essays expanded my thoughts and evidence base of current strategies in Victoria and contemporary theories.


Continue to provide essay templates and maintain the focus in assessment on relevance to personal professional practice

Feedback from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation


Each unit was very helpful for my DFV practice. I enjoyed the variety of assessment questions and presentations styles. Thank you for the after hours tutorials and for recording these.


Continue to allow students to choose theories to apply to their practice and continue providing live web tutorials.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation


The topic of this unit is interesting and was supported by a good range of readings. I liked the recorded lectures and lecture notes. By reading and listening, I felt more engaged with the content. Dr. Nicola was very approachable and knowledgeable. I also appreciated that, while being theory-based, the information was constantly drawn back to the application in practice.


Continue to provide a range of readings and recorded lectures. Continue connecting theory to professional practice.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation


Feedback on assignments was detailed and useful. The assignment questions were detailed and required a broad range of aspects to be considered in the assignments, this was somewhat difficult to do in the word count accepted.


Continue providing detailed feedback, but consider how the assessment items can be better scaffolded to direct students in completing the assignments and provide more resources on concise writing.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation


I did struggle with the powerpoint presentations and although I thought I followed the suggestions provided by Nicola I didn't seem to have grasped the intended ideas as well. Nicola is very open to questions however and did provide great feedback which I know I can ask more.


As a number of students noted the difficulty they faced in preparing the PowerPoint presentation, it is recommended that the utility of PowerPoint presentations be considered and whether this is an effective method of assessment going forward.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation and personal communications


Some students noted that they found it difficult to apply theory to their practice, particularly if they were not currently working or if they were not in a DFV-specific role.


As some students found it difficult to apply theory to their practice, more scaffolding will be provided around how to apply theory to practice in teaching and assessment items. The assessment instructions will more specifically reference that students can think of theory as it applies to their current practice or the future role they would like to enter, whether that role is DFV-specific or not, as everyone has a role in the response to DFV.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Evaluate key resources including relevant research, policy, and legislation regarding types of domestic and family violence and related impacts.
  2. Apply relevant theories to domestic and family violence practice, with a focus on gender.
  3. Critique the sociological nature of domestic and family violence, particularly with regard to priority populations.
  4. Appraise the ethical and legal context of professional practice in domestic and family violence.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources


There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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