Understanding Domestic Violence E Learning Module

Presenter: Daniela Francavilla

The purpose of the course is to provide  participants with an understanding of how to work with clients experiencing domestic violence, either incidentally or in an ongoing therapeutic setting and who want to deepen their understanding of this complex area.  Participants will gave skills about how to apply risk assessment tools for assessing the impact of domestic violence, and be better placed to understand and work with those that are impacted by relational violence.

This online self-study program will provide participants with a thorough understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, perpetrator tactics and the impact of coercive control within relationships.
The course will explore the impact of coercive control and the direct link between the victim’s experiences of domestic violence and negative mental health impacts.
An overview of best practice responses for clinical interventions  to effectively work with victims will be provided. Participants will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills on ways to assess risk and consider obstacles that prevent victims from leaving a violent relationship. This online course will prepare counsellors to use appropriate assessment and facilitation skills to support victims of domestic and family violence. Those undertaking the course will develop skills and knowledge to help clients identify possible options to seek safe solutions for self and the family.  
Course Content:

Module 1: What is Domestic Violence?
Module 2: The Dynamics of Domestic Violence
Module 3: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Women and Children
Module 4: Response Based Practices


Daniela Francavilla is a Snr Social Worker with a wealth of experience spanning over 35 years in the child protection and domestic violence field. She currently divides her time  as Educator in Domestic Violence and Child Protection within the Health Department. She has experience in the design and implementation of domestic and family violence and child protection programs in addition to providing consultation to a number of organisations. Since 2002 she has worked as an on-call sexual assault counsellor and also has extensive experience as a domestic violence social worker conducting complex psychosocial risk assessments, counselling and safety planning with women who have experienced or who are in situations of domestic violence, including women who are at high risk/high lethality. Previously she has worked in the Integrated Violence Prevention and Response Service and has over the years delivered training to caseworkers and other health and welfare staff.

Enrol anytime - You have 12 months to access the course materials.

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This event counts as 10 hours of category B CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.