Certificate in the Fundamentals of Understanding and Responding to Domestic Abuse

Course Points
10
Course Duration
14 weeks (1 Semester)
Course Level
Level 8
Course Start Date
September 2019

Two great reasons to consider this course

  • Blended course delivery (online & in-class) to allow greater flexibility to learners as they manage full-time employment and part-time study.
  • This course was developed in collaboration with stakeholders from a range of frontline services directly impacted by Domestic violence abuse.

Course Summary

This 14-week specialist course is the first of its kind to be offered in Ireland and aims to support learners in the development of an appropriate level of knowledge, skill and understanding to enable them to appropriately recognise and respond to domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse occurs in every culture, country and age group affecting individuals from all socioeconomic, educational and religious backgrounds. Despite this many who encounter it in the course of their work struggle to know how to respond.

Domestic abuse can include physical, sexual and psychological control by one partner over another. This course aims to support learners in the development of an appropriate level of knowledge, skill and understanding to enable them to appropriately recognise and respond to domestic abuse.

Participants on this will learn to:

  • Appraise the theoretical context of domestic abuse within everyday setting; Recognise the indicators of domestic abuse
  • Explore the nature of effective communication for all key stakeholders
  • Critically appraise professional, ethical and legal issues in the context of domestic abuse
  • Reflect upon and consider the promotion of self-care.

This course is the first of its kind to be developed in Ireland and was developed in collaboration with key individuals from a range of stakeholder groups including, Women’s Aid, Dundalk, Drogheda Women’s & Children Refuge Centre, Probation Service, Department of Social Work, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Department of Midwifery, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. In addition to the stakeholder groups represented on the course development team guidance was also sought from An Garda Síochána.

More course details here: http://courses.dkit.ie/index.cfm/page/course/courseId/780 

Indicative Content:

  • Unit One: Theoretical Context of Domestic Abuse
  • Unit Two: Contemporary Issues Within Domestic Abuse
  • Unit Three: Professional Ethical and Legal Practice

This course aims to support learners in the development of an appropriate level of knowledge, skill and understanding to enable them to appropriately recognise and respond to domestic abuse. Participants on this would will learn to:

  • Appraise the theoretical context of domestic abuse within everyday settings
  • Recognise the indicators of domestic abuse
  • Explore the nature of effective communication for all key stakeholders
  • Critically appraise professional, ethical and legal issues in the context of domestic abuse
  • Reflect upon and consider the promotion of self-care.

The Certificate the fundamentals of understanding and responding to domestic abuse takes place over one semester (14 weeks) with a combination of in-class and online delivery.

Students are required to attend DkIT from 9am to 5pm on the following days:

  • Friday 25th January 
  • Friday 8th February 
  • Friday 22nd February 
  • Friday 1st March
  • Friday 15th March 
  • Friday 22nd March
  • Friday 5th April 
  • Friday 12th April
  • Friday 3rd May

The remainder of the programme is delivered online.

  1. Application Fee is €50 (Refundable if you are not offered a course place)
  2. Accept Offer Fee is €50
  3. Remainder of Fee of €600 is payable by end of February 2019.

Applicants should have a Level 7 major award qualification in a relevant discipline.

Equivalent recognition may be given through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process on an individual case-by-case basis to candidates who have not yet achieved this academic standard but who can demonstrate significant relevant professional experience. Candidates may be interviewed.

DkIT requires that current service users of Domestic Abuse support services do not undertake this course. You should delay your application until such time as you are no longer a service user. This will avoid potential professional conflict of interest between current service users and other course participants.

This course will be of particular interest to those individuals whose work may bring them into contact with victims of Domestic Abuse. Domestic abuse occurs in every culture, country and age group affecting individuals from all socioeconomic, educational and religious backgrounds. It affects both women and men and occurs within heterosexual and lesbian, gay and bisexual or transgender relationships. It is acknowledged, from evidence both nationally and internationally, that the majority of victims are women.

Domestic abuse also affects children even if they are not abused or do not witness it directly. Domestic abuse can present in the form of Elder Abuse where the older person is abused by a significant individual such as their spouse, children, relatives or carer. It is also recognised that it occurs within vulnerable groups such as those with an intellectual and/or physical disability where the abuser may be a carer, partner or relative.

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Section (Part time courses), School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 429370200 Ext 2736
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

Dr. Kathleen Nallen (A/Head of Section of Midwifery)
Phone: +353 429370264
Email: kathleen.nallen@dkit.ie

Course ID DK_NDOMA_8
Level 8
Duration 14 weeks (1 Semester)
Credits 10
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €700
Starting Date September 2019
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How to Apply

Applications for this course will be accepted from summer 2019 onwards.