Reflecting and Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control

Reflecting on and Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control’ (Level 6 Special Purpose Award) was developed as a partnership between Haven Horizons and Technological University of Shannon (TUS).  Next Course will run Sept 2022 – Registration is now open and will close at the end of  June 2022.

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the Sept 2022 course, please contact flexible@lit.ie or click here to Register Your Interest.

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:

  • 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

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.

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.

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Delivery

This programme will be delivered online over a period of 12 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 13th September to Tuesday 6th December 2022

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: Friday 24th June 2022 for September 2022 Intake

CLICK HERE to donate to the Haven Horizons Education and Development Fund.

Press Release About Course and ‘Donate to Educate’ Fund

‘Donate to Educate’ Fund launched for New Accredited Domestic Abuse Training Course

A new accredited training course ‘Reflecting on and Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control’ is being offered on-line in January 2021.

The training was developed as a result of a partnership between Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and Haven Horizons, a national charity focused on education and research in the field of domestic abuse.
Madeline Mc Aleer, Research and Development Director, Haven Horizons, said: “Education is a powerful weapon in the battle to change the culture of acceptance of domestic abuse and coercive control – it is a passport to a new understanding and a different society”.

“Reflecting and Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control’ will interest professionals operating in healthcare, media, justice, social science, trade unions and employers’ representative groups as well as advocates and volunteers whose work brings them into contact with victims of domestic abuse and coercive control.”  She said.

Dr Lisa O’Rourke Scott, Principal Investigator of the Genders and Sexualities Research Group at LIT said: “It is very timely that this training on domestic abuse and coercive control will be delivered in January 2021. Since Covid-19 restrictions began in March, Ireland along with the rest of the world experienced a spike in reports of domestic abuse. The UN describes the increase in reporting as ‘a pandemic within a pandemic’ and has called for more research, awareness and education.”

The two modules will cover definitions, theories, myths, statistics, barriers to disclosure, coercive control, dating abuse, victim engagement, interagency collaboration, intervention and prevention strategies and the global impact of Covid-19 on victims of domestic abuse.  The course will explore national and international research findings, highlighting the potential for new research to impact national policy and legislation, as well as professional responses to domestic abuse.

Haven Horizons is launching a ‘Donate to Educate’ fund to support individuals or organisations who may not be in a financial position to participate in the training. Many professionals and frontline organisations have extra demands on their resources at present.

“We hope to raise funds to help those people access the training. Education is a core pillar of domestic abuse prevention - the demand for increased education and training is highlighted in the Irish National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Abuse and by the Istanbul Convention. There is a need for the Government to allocate additional resources for prevention - education costs money, but in this area, ignorance can cost lives,” said Ms. McAleer.