CQUniversity Unit Profile
DFVP20011 Sexual Violence in Domestic and Family Violence Contexts
Sexual Violence in Domestic and Family Violence Contexts
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General Information

Overview

Sexual violence is prevalent in contemporary society and it is an integral part of domestic and family violence. This unit provides you with knowledge and skills about sexual violence as it relates to domestic and family violence practice. You will explore contemporary research into the cultural, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality and reflect upon your own attitudes, beliefs and values about sexual violence. This unit will provide you with a foundation that will assist you to work with a range of clients who have been exposed to and/or used sexual violence in the context of domestic and sexual violence. Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to integrate specialised knowledge in sexual violence into your professional discipline.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
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 - 2020

Online

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

1. Portfolio
Weighting: 30%
2. Portfolio
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

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 Unit Coordinator

Feedback

Self-evaluation - self-reflection is a critical practice that is used to ensure highest standards

Recommendation

The unit ran very successfully with high student engagement (all provided feedback) and interaction with regular announcements, personal emails and phone calls, and constructive feedback to the assessment pieces - continue as previously.

Feedback from Formal Unit Evaluation

Feedback

Student feedback was provided through the Moodle site

Recommendation

Individual student feedback was very positive, acknowledging the support provided throughout the unit and the real-world relevance of the unit content and assessments - continue as previously.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Examine and compare types of sexual violence particularly those occurring within a domestic and family violence context
  2. Analyse significant Australian and international research related to sexual violence and interpret implications for practice
  3. Identify and apply relevant mandatory reporting requirements relating to sexual violence based on state and territory and federal legislation
  4. Analyse individual and societal attitudes and values in relation to sexual violence and describe the influence of these on professional conduct of workers in the field in relation to sexual violence
  5. Understand legal and professional standards in relation to working with clients, families and interprofessional teams.

N/A

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 5
1 - Portfolio - 30%
2 - Portfolio - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio - 30%
2 - Portfolio - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Marika Guggisberg Unit Coordinator
m.guggisberg@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Introduction to sexual violence in a domestic and family violence context; key concepts and definitions of sexual violence with a discourse on paraphilias

Chapter

Linke, T, & Krolzik-Matthiei, K. (2018). When sexual offenders are still in contact with those they have been abusing: Sexual violence as a challenge for social workers in home visiting family support.  - see eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Contemporary theories of sexual violence

Chapter

Dodge, A. (2018). The digital witness: The role of digital evidence in criminal justice responses to sexual violence. Feminist Theory, 19, 303–321. see eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Researching sexual violence

Chapter

Mccauley, H. L., Campbell, R., Buchanan, N. T., & Moylan, C. A. (2019). Advancing theory, methods and dissemination in sexual violence reserach to build a more equitable future: An intersectional, community-engaged approach. - see eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

The impact of sexual violence - shortterm and longterm consequences

Chapter

Guggisberg, M. (2018). The impact of violence against women and girls: A life span analysis. In M. Guggisberg & J. Henricksen (eds). Violence against women in the 21st century: Challenges and future directions (pp. 3-27). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers. - see eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Specifically vulnerable subpopulations - children

Chapter

Koctürk, N., Yüksel, F. (2019). Characteristics of victims and perpetrators of intrafamilial sexual abuse. - see eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Specifically vulnerable subpopulations - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

Chapter

Guggisberg, M. (2018). Aboriginal women's experiences with Intimate Partner Sexual Violence and the dangerous lives they live as a result of victimisation. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 27 - see eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 1 - Portfolio due


Portfolio Due: Week 6 Monday (20 Apr 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Specifically vulnerable subpopulations - women identifying as LGBTI+

Chapter

Hequembourg, A. L., Blayney, J. A., Livingston, J. A., Bostwick, W., & Auerback, S. (2019). A mixed methods investigation of sexual victimisation and coping among sexual minority compared to heterosexual women. - see eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Specifically vulnerable subpopulations - women with disabilities

Chapter

Mccarthy, M. (2017). "What kind of abuse is him spitting in my food?": Reflections on the similarities between disability hate crime, so-called 'mate' crime and domestic violence against women with intellectual disabilities. - see eReading List

Guggisberg, M., Henricksen, J., & Holt, A. (2017). Violence Against Women With Intellectual Disability: A Quest for Specific Sexual Violence Prevention Education in Tandem. Global Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 2, 1-3. Available from: https://noviolence.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/VAW_ID_GJIDD_2017.pdf

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Specifically vulnerable subpopulations - women from CALD backgrounds

Chapter

Mengesha, Z. Dune, T., & Perz, J. (2016). Culturally and linguistically diverse women's views and experiences of accessing sexual and reproductive health care in Australia: A systematic review. - see eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 2 - Portfolio due


Portfolio - vulnerable subpopulation (analysis) Due: Week 9 Monday (11 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Ethical and legal contexts of professional practice

Chapter

Macy, R. J., Ogbonnaya, I. N., & Martin, S. L. (2015). Providers' perspectives about helpful information for evaluating domestic violence and sexual assault services: A practical note. - see eReading List

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Contemporary debates and challenges

Chapter

Taylor, K., & Jackson, S. (2018). 'I want that power back': Discourses of masculinity within an online pornography abstinence forum.  - see eReading List

Guggisberg, M. (2017). The Wide-Ranging Impact of Child Sexual Abuse: Utilising Neurobiology to Provide Scientific Evidence. Current Opinions in Neurological Science, 1, 255-264.

Taylor, K., & Jackson, S. (2018). ‘I want that power back’: Discourses of masculinity within an online pornography abstinence forum. Sexualities, 21, 621–639.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Prevention of sexual violence (re-)victimisation

Chapter

Beres, M. (2019). Perspectives of rape-prevention educators on the role of consent in sexual violence prevention.  - see eReading List

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2018). Sexual violence: Prevention strategies. Atlanta, GA: Author. Available from:

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/sexualviolence/prevention.html

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 3 - Written Assessment due


Academic Essay (Critical Analysis) Due: Week 12 Monday (1 Jun 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Portfolio

Task Description

For this portfolio activity, you are asked to identify and unpack the key issues related to the concept of ‘Sexual Intelligence’ and how it is relevant in the context of Domestic and Family Violence (DFV). You may choose to provide illustrative examples to demonstrate how sexual intelligence is applied in DFV practice.

A minimum of six academic references are required for this assessment piece. In addition, you may draw on Australian statistics from government websites (e.g. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

The following points should be embedded in your assignment:

· Definition of the concept of ‘Sexual Intelligence’

· Key features of ‘Sexual Intelligence’ (e.g. ‘normal’ vs. ‘abnormal’ sexual interests)

· Considerations of service delivery in relation to ‘Sexual Intelligence’ (e.g. sexually deviant fantasies and desires, sexual coercion)

The assignment should be presented in essay format using Times News Roman 12-point font with 1.5 spacing. You should provide a brief introduction to the topic, a discussion and a conclusion (no new information and no citations) that summarises the key points and provides suggestions for future directions.

Note:

The word count is considered from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the following if relevant: abstract, contents page, reference list and appendices. It includes in-text citations and direct quotes.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (20 Apr 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Feedback will be provided within 10 working days of submission


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

DFVP20011 – Portfolio Assessment 1: Sexual Intelligence
Fail Pass Credit Distinction High Distinction
Key features of the concept of sexual intelligence (20%) Description of key features of sexual intelligence is absent Attempt of description of key features made but limited Provides appropriate description of key features of sexual intelligence Provides insightful description of key features of sexual intelligence Provides elaborate and insightful description of key features of sexual intelligence
Application of sexual intelligence to DFV using illustrative examples (20%) Application of the concept to DFV is not clear, and/or absent of recognisable effort to provide illustrative examples Application of the concept to DFV is clear and logical. Effort of illustrative examples is recognisable Application of the concept to DFV is well considered and illustrative examples are relevant to service delivery Excellent application of the concept to DFV and illustrative examples outline relevant practice elements of service delivery Outstanding application of the concept to DFV and illustrative examples very well presented outlining key relevant practice elements of service delivery
Approach, Argument and Structure (40%) Lacks logic and relevance, topic not appropriately addressed, absence of cohesion Content addresses the topic; appropriate structure; cohesion developing Content addresses the topic, argument flows, relevance and cohesion is demonstrated Effective presentation, argument flows, skillful cohesion and structure Most effective presentation, excellent argumentation, great insight demonstrated with key issues well elaborated on; skillful cohesion and structure
Academic writing, paraphrasing, referencing (in-text and end-text) (20%) Major difficulties, inappropriate paraphrasing and referencing Some errors with writing and referencing – focus of attention is required to improve academic writing and referencing style Good writing and referencing style– some minor errors (more careful editing is required) Good academic writing and referencing style, (minor, insignificant errors) Well written paper following all academic writing and referencing conventions – fully correct, no errors
Comments /100 30%


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission of the Portfolio is through the unit Moodle site, Turnitin submission point. Note that all assessments need to be attempted and a Cover Page is required. You are strongly encouraged to submit a draft prior to the due date to review your Turnitin report prior to making a final submission.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Examine and compare types of sexual violence particularly those occurring within a domestic and family violence context
  • Analyse significant Australian and international research related to sexual violence and interpret implications for practice
  • Understand legal and professional standards in relation to working with clients, families and interprofessional teams.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Leadership

2 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Portfolio - vulnerable subpopulation (analysis)

Task Description

For this portfolio activity, you are asked to examine the issue of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence (IPSV) as it relates to current legislation (in your state) and discuss practice implications. It is important to demonstrate understanding of issues of prevalence and incidence of IPSV and their influence on clients, practitioners, and the general public.

You may wish to consider an actual case that you know from your practice. Alternatively, you can examine the following case:

Jodi discloses to you that her boyfriend is a regular porn user and that he pressures her to watch porn with him and demands that she does what the women do. Jodi states that she does not want to participate in these activities but feels obliged to do what he demands.

A minimum of six academic references (i.e. journal articles) published 2015 or later are required for this assessment piece. In addition, you may draw on Australian statistics from government websites (e.g. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

The following points should be embedded in your assignment:

· Definition of IPSV and considering the relevant legislation

· Specific features of IPSV (e.g. mental, physical, reproductive impacts)

· Data challenges in relation to prevalence/incidence

· Practice considerations

The assignment should be presented in essay format using Times News Roman 12-point font with 1.5 spacing. You should provide a brief introduction to the topic, a discussion of the case study’s key points, treatment suggestions and a conclusion (no new information and no citations) that summarises the key points and provides suggestions for future directions.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Monday (11 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Submission of the Portfolio is through the unit Moodle site, Turnitin submission point. Note that all assessments need to be attempted and a Cover Page is required. You are strongly encouraged to submit a draft prior to the due date to review your Turnitin report prior to making a final submission.


Return Date to Students

Feedback will be provided within 10 working days of submission


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

DFVP20011 – Portfolio Activity 2: Intimate Partner Sexual Violence
Fail Pass Credit Distinction High Distinction
Definition of IPSV and relationship to other forms of DFV (20%) Topic outline absent, definition and/or relationship to other forms of DFV unclear Topic outlined, definition and relationship to other forms of DFV described in some detail Topic appropriately outlined, definition clearly presented in the context of other forms of DFV and its relationship Topic insightfully outlined with clear definition in relation to other forms of DFV Effective and insightful outline of topic, with integrated definition and explanation of interconnectedness of other forms of DFV
Identification and outline of relevant features (case example) (20%) Relevant features of IPSV and legislation incorrect or absent Relevant features and legislation correctly identified, attempt of explanation of specific issues provided using a case example Relevant features and legislation correctly identified and outlined, specific issues correctly explained including impacts and/or coping strategies using a case example Relevant features and legislation correctly identified and outlined with excellent explanation of specific issues including impacts and/or coping strategies using a case example Relevant features and legislation correctly identified and outlined with outstanding explanation of specific issues including impacts and/or coping strategies using a case example
Data challenges in relation to prevalence (20%) Lacks understanding of data challenges, distinction between incidence and prevalence data absent Data challenges discussed including the distinction between incidence and prevalence data Data challenges discussed in some detail including distinction between incidence and prevalence date with examples Effective discussion of data challenges including distinction between incidence and prevalence data with examples relevant to the chosen topic Outstanding discussion of data challenges including distinction between incidence and prevalence data with examples relevant to the chosen topic
Practice considerations (20%) Reference to practice absent or incorrect information provided Practice considerations provided and demonstration of limited knowledge and understanding Practice considerations provided demonstrating growing knowledge and understanding Effective practice considerations provided demonstrating well developed knowledge and understanding Most appropriate practice considerations provided with outstanding demonstration of knowledge and understanding
Academic writing (spelling, grammar), referencing (in-text and end-text) (20%) Inappropriate presentation, major difficulties, spelling errors, grammatical errors, inappropriate format, incorrect/lack of referencing Appropriate presentation, some errors with writing and referencing – focus of attention is required to improve academic writing and referencing style Appropriate presentation with consideration of required formatting, good writing and referencing style– some minor errors (more careful editing is required) Appropriate presentation with consideration required formatting, good academic writing and referencing style, (no errors) Most appropriate presentation with consideration of required formatting, well written following all academic writing and referencing conventions – fully correct
Comments /100 /30%


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission of the Portfolio is through the unit Moodle site, Turnitin submission point. Note that all assessments need to be attempted and a Cover Page is required. You are strongly encouraged to submit a draft prior to the due date to review your Turnitin report prior to making a final submission.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Identify and apply relevant mandatory reporting requirements relating to sexual violence based on state and territory and federal legislation
  • Understand legal and professional standards in relation to working with clients, families and interprofessional teams.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Academic Essay (Critical Analysis)

Task Description

For this written assessment, you are asked to identify and unpack the key issues of Prevention related to different forms of sexual violence that occur in a Domestic and Family Violence Context (including mandatory reporting requirements if relevant). You may choose to provide illustrative examples using topics that were discussed during the unit.

A minimum of 10 academic references (i.e. journal articles) published 2015 or later are required for this assessment piece. In addition, you may draw on Australian statistics from government websites (e.g. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

The following points should be embedded in your assignment:

· Definition of the concept of Prevention

· Key features of different forms of Prevention of sexual violence using illustrative examples

· Considerations of service delivery in relation to Prevention of sexual violence in DFV (including mandatory reporting requirements if relevant)

The assignment should be presented in essay format using Times News Roman 12-point font with 1.5 spacing. You should provide a brief introduction to the topic, a discussion and a conclusion (no new information and no citations) that summarises the key points and provides suggestions for future directions.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (1 Jun 2020) 11:45 pm AEST

Submission of the Written Assessment is through the unit Moodle site, Turnitin submission point. Note that all assessments need to be attempted and a Cover Page is required. You are strongly encouraged to submit a draft prior to the due date to review your Turnitin report prior to making a final submission.


Return Date to Students

Feedback will be provided within 10 working days of submission


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

DFVP20011 Written Assessment: Prevention
Fail Pass Credit Distinction High Distinction
Development of key features of sexual violence prevention (20%) Lacks identification of key features, examples, reasons or evidence Vague identification of key features, inappropriate or inconsistent use of examples, reasons or evidence Appropriate identification of key features (different forms and levels of prevention), provision of adequate examples, reasons and evidence Effectively identified key features (different forms and levels of prevention), well supported by appropriate examples, reasons and evidence, demonstrating critical thinking Effectively and insightfully presented key features (different forms and levels of prevention) using excellent examples, reasons and evidence, demonstrating outstanding critical thinking
Knowledge of Content Area & Development of Ideas (40%) Unable to demonstrate understanding of content or only a few general points made, and/or factual errors presented Demonstrated understanding of content (general points with little or no specific details given) and/or irrelevant information provided and/or inappropriate references used Demonstrated understanding of content presented and most points were elaborated with details; information is relevant supported by appropriate references; original thought presented Demonstrated understanding of all content with all points elaborated with illustrative examples and effective links to cited references with original ideas and thoughts presented Demonstrated well developed understanding of all content; insightful discussion of fully elaborated points with effective illustrative examples; clear & detailed information, many original thoughts & ideas, and effective links to cited references
Organisation (20%) Disorganised, little or no structure, or Jumps from topic to topic, and/or difficult to understand what is being argued, and/or missing introduction and/or conclusion Appropriately organised: information mostly in logical order & argument flows; mostly adequate paragraph construction; appropriate introduction and conclusion Adequate organisation: information in effective order and argument flows; paragraphs well constructed; adequate introduction and conclusion Strong organisation: all information in effective order & argument flows well; all paragraphs well constructed; effective introduction and conclusion Excellent organisation: argument flows powerfully and seamlessly; extremely well constructed paragraphs; highly effective introduction and conclusion
Academic writing, paraphrasing, referencing (in-text and end-text) (20%) Major difficulties, inappropriate paraphrasing and referencing Some errors with writing and referencing – focus of attention is required to improve academic writing and referencing style Good writing and referencing style– some minor errors (more careful editing is required) Good academic writing and referencing style, (minor,insignificant errors) Well written paper following all academic writing and referencing conventions – fully correct, no errors
Comments /100 /40%


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission of the Written Assessment is through the unit Moodle site, Turnitin submission point. Note that all assessments need to be attempted and a Cover Page is required. You are strongly encouraged to submit a draft prior to the due date to review your Turnitin report prior to making a final submission.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse significant Australian and international research related to sexual violence and interpret implications for practice
  • Analyse individual and societal attitudes and values in relation to sexual violence and describe the influence of these on professional conduct of workers in the field in relation to sexual violence


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

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