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Learn to recognise the signs of domestic violence and help support domestic violence victims with this online course from The University of Sheffield.

Domestic violence is a global health issue that can take many forms and affect anyone. Health and social care professionals play an important role in recognising and helping victims of violent and abusive relationships.

On this course, you will address the role of gender in domestic violence and learn to recognise the various forms of violence and abuse. You will reflect on the impact of domestic violence and understand your responsibilities as a health or social care worker. By completing this course, you will have gained the confidence to help support domestic violence victims and survivors.

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This course is for health and social care professionals, including nurses, doctors, family support workers, and community workers. It will also appeal to lawyers, school teachers, police, and anyone familiar with victims of domestic violence.

This course has been designed to help practitioners who work with victims of domestic violence and abuse to provide effective support. We regret that we are unable to provide direct support to victims in this course.



  1. Gender and gender role expectations
  2. Forms of domestic violence and abuse (DVA)
  3. The prevalence of DVA around the world
  4. Factors that influence violence
  5. The impact on victims, families and children
  6. Recognising signs and symptoms of DVA
  7. Talking to victims
  8. Safety planning
  9. How the law can protect victims
  10. Working in multi-agency partnerships


Parveen Ali
I am a Senior Lecturer at University of Sheffield. My research looks at gender based violence and domestic abuse. I also explore inequalities in health related to gender and ethnicity.

Jesrine Clarke-Darrington
I work as a Learning Technologist within the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield.


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The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities with a reputation for teaching and research excellence.

The University of Sheffield’s diverse student population of nearly 25,000 of the brightest students from 117 countries learn alongside over 1,200 of the world’s top academics. The campus is based in the heart of Sheffield, a large, green city in the north of England.

Leading experts teach on the University’s courses and its students rated their learning experience as the best in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Awards, 2014-15.

The University conducts research that matters. In the most recent UK Research Excellence Framework, 86 per cent of its research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent. The University has five Nobel Prize winners among its former staff and students.

It uses its research power to tackle big problems; global issues such as climate change and sustainable energy. It is reinventing engineering, changing the landscape of urban regeneration, protecting the vulnerable and standing up for freedom of expression.

The University remains true to the ideals of its 1905 founders and works hard to ensure that people from all backgrounds have opportunities to learn and the chance to fulfil their potential.




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It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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