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Certificate in Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control

Status: Closed




12 Weeks


Applied Social Sciences

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



Domestic abuse and coercive control are pervasive societal problems affecting people from all cultural, educational, religious, gender and socioeconomic backgrounds. The course will provide students with information to enable them to reflect on and respond to domestic abuse and coercive control.

The course will provide students with:

  • An understanding of theories, concepts, myths and dynamics in relation to domestic abuse and coercive control.
  • The knowledge and skills to respond appropriately to victims, understand barriers to seeking help, identify appropriate multi-disciplinary collaboration and the importance of self-care.
  • Opportunities to reflect on their understanding of national and international intervention and prevention strategies as the course progresses.

The course will be of interest to personnel in frontline services that deal with domestic abuse, and anyone whose work, volunteering or area of study will bring them into contact with victims of domestic abuse.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must hold Leaving Certificate. Recognition of relevant prior work or volunteer experience will be taken into account. 

Please note that this course is not suitable for current service users of domestic or sexual abuse support services.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

Module One – Reflecting on Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control

This module will encourage students to reflect on their understanding of the issues, to examine their beliefs and attitudes on the topic and to incorporate new information.

Module Two – Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control

This module will build on the knowledge and learning developed in module one. It will explore primary, secondary and tertiary intervention responses and prevention frameworks.

Delivered online, within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the course will provide an in-depth analysis of coercive control, a pattern of behaviour that has been described as "domestic hostage-taking” and  a criminal offence in Ireland since January 2019.


What are the career prospects?

This programme will provide continuous professional development content and an accreditation in domestic abuse and coercive control for a wide range of professionals and volunteers.

More Information


This programme will be delivered fully online over a period of 12 weeks. There will be 4 hours of lectures per week, 2 hour live class on Tuesday eveningsfrom 7pm to 9pm and a 2 hour pre-recorded lecture.

What will the time commitment be?

Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college.  The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.


Participants will be assessed by means of a Project and a Case Study


Certificate in Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control (Special Purpose Award, Level 6, 10 Credits)

Application Deadline

10th December 2020

For Queries Relating to the Course Content

Contact: Madeline Mc Aleer




A limited number of bursaries are available to provide funding towards the cost of fees. If you are interested in availing of a bursary please tick the appropriate box on the application form.



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