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An Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse
An Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse
An Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse

Overview - Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse

Domestic abuse affects millions of people in the UK each year. According to figures from the Crime Survey of England and Wales, 1.3 million women experienced domestic violence in the 12 months leading up to March 2016 alone. What's more, an average of two women a week are killed by their ex or current partner in Britain.

Of course, it is not just women who are affected by domestic violence and abuse either, with Office for National Statistics data showing that 700,000 male victims came forward in 2016.

The impact of domestic abuse can extend beyond the victim, affecting their children, future relationships and even their job. As a result, it is vital that awareness of domestic violence and abuse improves, so people know how to spot potential signs of it, and are aware of the appropriate way to deal with domestic abuse.

Why take this course?

Professionals who work closely with children, young people and other potentially vulnerable individuals need a good level of domestic abuse awareness so they are able to identify victims and help them to get out of the abusive situation. This is what our Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse course is designed to educate people about.

The Virtual College team worked closely with a subject matter expert with more than 30 years of experience supporting domestic violence victims to create the content of the course.

After taking this e-learning course, learners will be able to:

  • Explain what domestic violence and abuse is and identify who is at risk
  • Describe the physical and psychological effects of domestic violence and abuse
  • Classify the behaviours displayed by an abusive person
  • Explain the impact of domestic violence and abuse on children, young people and vulnerable adults
  • Outline the multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC) process
  • Describe best practices for supporting those experiencing domestic violence

Who is this course for?

The Virtual College Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse course is appropriate for anyone who works closely with children or vulnerable adults. This could be social workers, teachers, healthcare staff or youth workers, for example.

Course lesson plan

This course covers the following lesson plan:

  • Introduction
  • What is domestic abuse and violence?
  • The power and control wheel
  • Impact on children, young people and adults at risk
  • The MARAC process
  • Best practice for supporting victims

Course accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


After completing this course, you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate, which you can print for your records.

Course duration

The Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse course should take one to two hours to complete, but our e-learning courses are entirely self-paced, so this depends on your individual learning speed.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

How it Works

This is an online course which is studied via the Virtual College Learning Management System, Enable. All of the training is taken online. The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can also revisit the training material, even after you have completed the course.

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Once your purchase has gone through you will be able to continue to a login screen. Enter your name and create a password if prompted. This will log you into our Learning Management System (LMS) where you will be able to take the course or allocate it to other people.

You can purchase more than 10 courses online, however if you wish to purchase more than 10 courses, and you would like to be invoiced in advance, you can e-mail us on or contact our sales team on 01943 885 085.

Step 3: Take the course

For the best possible internet browser experience we recommend you use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox.

You will get a better learner experience if you have sound enabled. Most computers come with built-in speakers, but the narration will generally be written in text on the screen for you to read if you don't have sound turned on.

The course is interactive and you may need to click on parts of the screen before you can advance. This will be obvious as the narration and text will tell you what to do or the links will pulse and flash. The system will remember where you left off and take you back there, but you can go over any part of it as many times as you want to and take as long as you want.

You can write your own notes for the course and print them off or simply store them to access later any time you view your course.

When you get to the end, you will be presented with an assessment to check your understanding. Don't worry; in most cases you can take this assessment six times at no extra cost, and we have policies and procedures in place for adding further attempts.

Step 4: Your certificate

You will be able to print your own certificate at the end of the course.

Some courses also include the option of a high-quality posted certificate, for example our Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene courses.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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