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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.


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