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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

This Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse course has been created with victims in mind and will inform learners about domestic violence and abuse, and how to support those experiencing it.

Each year around 2.1 million people (men and women) in England and Wales suffer some form of domestic abuse. On average high risk victims live with domestic violence abuse for 2.6 years before seeking help and 23% of those victims attend A&E as a result of their injuries in the year before they get help.

“There used to be blood stains on the wall, but we’ve painted over it now” Susan, aged 13

This course will cover the following outcomes:

  • 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 MARAC process
  • Describe best practices for supporting those experiencing domestic violence

This course is relevant to anyone working with children young people, vulnerable adults.

When you’ve completed this online training you will sit an online test and, once successful, you can download your certificate.

Lesson Plan

This module will provide important knowledge on how to support those suffering from domestic violence and/or abuse.

The subjects covered in this module include:

  • Introduction
    • Terminology
  • What is domestic abuse and violence?
    • Types of domestic violence and abuse
    • Who is affected?
    • Risk factors
    • Causes
    • Barriers to adults seeking help
    • Domestic abuse situations
    • The signs of domestic violence
    • What to do if you spot the signs
  • The power and control wheel
    • Case study
    • Common mistakes when helping victims
    • What do victims want?
    • Key principles for helping victims
    • The coordinated community response model
  • Impact on children, young people and adults at risk
    • Children’s experiences of domestic abuse
    • Children who may be more vulnerable
    • The power and control wheel applied to children
    • The impact on children
    • Resilience factors
    • Barriers to children disclosing
    • Vulnerable adults
    • Case study
    • Other barriers to seeking help
  • The MARAC process
    • Multi-agency risk assessment conferences (MARACs)
    • Aims of the MARAC
    • Assessing risk
    • Case study
    • Information sharing
  • Best practice for supporting victims
    • Guiding principles
    • Safe enquiry
    • Confidentiality
    • The signs of domestic violence
    • Following disclosure
    • Safeguarding children
    • Effective risk assessment
    • Safety planning
    • Common barriers to effective risk management
    • Further assistance


This course was created through consultation with a highly experienced subject matter expert, who has over 30 years’ experience working with victims of domestic violence.


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


On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 1 - 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. The course is self-paced with approximately 118 interactive screens with multiple components. Your progress will be recorded throughout.

Target Audience

This course is suitable for anyone working with children, young people or vulnerable adults.

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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