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Reflecting on and Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control (L6, 10 ECTS)

Status: Open


Level

06

Duration

10 Weeks

Department

Applied Social Sciences


Start Date

27/09/2022

Course Type

Flexible & Professional

Location

Online

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 use real life case studies to examine the barriers to help-seeking and disclosure, victim engagement, victim safety, risk assessment, perpetrator accountability, effective interagency practice and prevention strategies.

Who is the course suitable for?

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

Please note that this course is not suitable for people currently:

  • experiencing domestic, sexual, gender-based abuse
  • attending support services for victims or perpetrators of domestic, sexual, gender-based abuse
  • involved in court proceedings regarding domestic, sexual, gender-based abuse

If you are interested in an online programme for victims of domestic abuse SiSi (Survivors Informing Services and Institutions) run the Freedom Programme  

Support groups and helplines for victims of domestic abuse:

Women’s Aid (female victims) - National helpline: 1800 341 900

Rape Crisis - National Helpline: 1800 77 8888

Male Advice Line (male victims) National Helpline: 1800 816 588

LGBT Ireland - National Helpline: 1800 929 53

What are the entry requirements?

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

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.

Please note that this course is not suitable for people currently:

  • experiencing domestic, sexual, gender-based abuse
  • attending support services for victims or perpetrators of domestic, sexual, gender-based abuse
  • involved in court proceedings regarding domestic, sexual, gender-based abuse

How to Apply

Before you make your application, please be aware that it is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure they have read the entry requirements and procedures and download the application form and submit to flexible@lit.ie Please indicate on the form your preferred cohort for the September 2022 intake i.e. Tuesdays (7-9pm) or Wednesdays (3-5pm). Only complete applications which satisfies eligibility requirements will be sent to the Programme Team for assessment. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an acknowledgment email from us within 3-5 working days.

Closing date for applications for the September 2022 intake has been extended to 8th August 2022.

Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?

Module One – Reflecting on Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control provides an in-depth understanding of the theories, concepts, dynamics and impact of 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 TwoResponding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control builds on the learning in module one and explores the practice application of the knowledge, covering best practice in intervention and responding. The course will use real life case studies to examine the barriers to help-seeking and disclosure, victim engagement, victim safety, risk assessment, perpetrator accountability, effective interagency practice and prevention strategies. 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

Delivery

This programme will be delivered online over a period of 10 weeks.

There will be 2 hour live online lectures per week, and 2 hours of asynchronous content, discussion forums, chat room and practical elements.

Semester 1 Intake: Tuesday 27th September to Tuesday 6th December 2022, 7pm - 9pm - (No class on Tuesday 1st November due to mid-term break).

Depending on interest a Wednesday afternoon cohort  may be offered from Wednesday 28th September to Wednesday 7th December, 3-5pm. (No class on Wednesday 2nd November due to mid-term break)

Semester 2 Intake: dates TBC

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.

Assessment

Continuous assessment - there will be an assignment for each module.

Qualification

Certificate in Reflecting on and Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control (Special Purpose Award, Level 6, 10 Credits). Students must pass both modules to receive the certification.

Application Deadline

Semester 1: Extended to Monday 8th August 2022 for September 2022 Intake

Semester 2: TBC

For Queries Relating to the Course Content

Contact: Madeline McAleer

Email: Madeline.McAleer@lit.ie

Fees: €850

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Please note that a bursay is not available for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Department of Social Protection - Training Support Grant

If you are in receipt of a Jobseekers payment from the Department of Social Protection it might be worthwhile enquiring with a Case Officer at your local Intreo Centre about the Training Support Grant which supports Jobseekers that have identified work opportunities or where Case Officers have identified an immediate skills gap that represents an obstacle to taking up a job offer. This grant is applicable to courses up to Level 6 on the QQI. For details on the scheme see https://www.gov.ie/en/service/11dbee-training-support-grant/