DFVP20011 - Sexual Violence in Domestic and Family Violence Contexts

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

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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).

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 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% 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: Unit Coordinator
Self-evaluation - self-reflection is a critical practice that is used to ensure highest standards
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.
Action Taken
Continue personalised student experience
Source: Formal Unit Evaluation
Student feedback was provided through the Moodle site
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.
Action Taken
Continue to use practice-based assessment tasks
Source: Personal feedback
Student experience was positive and personalised approach was valued
Continue personalised and supportive student experience
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback via Unit Evaluation Report
Students were satisfied with the unit content
Continue to use relevant content
Action Taken
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.


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