DFVP20006 - Working with Victims/Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with opportunities to develop specialist knowledge of safe and respectful approaches to working with victims/survivors of domestic and family violence. It provides a theoretical framework of trauma as it relates to victims/ survivors of this violence and the effect it has on personal development and relationships. Using a gendered approach, critical use is made of evidence-based research, and practice and policy documents addressing issues related to victims/ survivors of violence. You will explore legal and safety considerations that arise from working with this client group and you will consider ethical, professional and self-management implications for practice. Particular consideration will be given to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and victims/survivors.


Level Postgraduate
Unit 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 pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Be Different Intakes

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2022 - Online

Higher Education Unit Availabilities from Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2022

There are no Higher Education availabilities for this unit on or after Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2022
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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback via email and personal phone calls
Personalised student experience feedback provided by email and during phone calls. Students indicated that they valued personal emails, phone calls and interactions with personal one-on-one Zoom meetings.
Given that students are very busy, they value personal emails and EASI CONNECT along with phone calls or one-on-one Zoom meetings. Continue frequent regular interaction that helps students be engaged and informed about the unit.
Action Taken
Continue to provide personalised student experience
Source: Unit coordinator via debriefing with peers
Self-evaluation after discussion with colleagues. It was observed that high student interaction and regular engagement occurred. Students valued personal interaction and constructive feedback on assessment items.
The unit ran very successfully with high student interaction and regular engagement. I provided regular announcements, personal emails and phone calls along with Zoom meetings. Constructive feedback was provided to the assessment pieces, which were valued by some students. Continue regular interaction and feedback to assessment pieces as per this term.
Action Taken
Continue to provide extensive feedback to assessments
Source: Unit coordinator via self-reflective practice
Self-reflection is a constant reflective practice I engage in. I believe that students appreciate me modeling self-reflective practice, which I emphasise as critical in being a responsible practitioner. Regardless of the official feedback, I have received very positive informal feedback from students during the course of the unit.
Postgraduate students enrolled in the specialised DFVP courses are not only time-poor but work in a highly sensitive and demanding area. This may result in low response rates for the formal evaluation of the unit while consistently indicating their gratitude for the content of the unit and personal engagement with each student. Continue personal and interactive engagement and support of students during the course of the unit.
Action Taken
Continue regular one-on-one interaction
Source: Student feedback via Unit Evaluation Report
Student experiences were positive
Continue to use personalised student experience
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback via Unit Evaluation Report
Students valued the unit content
Continue to use content that caters for students who already work in the DFV field and those who aspire to become DFV practitioners
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback via personal communication
Students valued practice-oriented assessment tasks
Continue to devise assessment tasks that are relevant and could be applied to the DFV practice workplace
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Examine safe approaches to working with victims/ survivors of domestic and family violence and ethical and legal implications in practice
  2. Identify issues considered to be precipitants or causal factors in domestic and family violence victimology and how these intersect with gender, culture and ethnicity.
  3. Formulate safety and self-care plans for victim/survivors and those who work with them in domestic and family violence contexts.
  4. Evaluate the diversity of factors that influence program development and policies nationally and internationally in domestic and family violence contexts.
  5. Evaluate specific system and program initiatives related to the provision of social services for victims of domestic and family violence in Queensland and Australia.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment