CMH5011 - Contemporary research and practice in family violence - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Graham Meadows


Dr Lisa Warren

Unit guides


Monash Medical Centre

  • First semester 2018 (Online)


This online unit provides students with a theoretical understanding of and a practical approach to family violence.

Students will be introduced to the nature and extent of the issue and the impact to the individuals involved in family violence, and the broader community.

The gender basis of family violence will be examined, as will the spectrum of behaviours that constitute aggression in the family context.

Risk factors that increase vulnerability to family violence, and the literature on risk and threat assessments in family violence, with special considerations for the family situation, will be critically examined.

Students will be introduced to the special issues that pertain to working with indigenous families and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The empirical basis of interventions for perpetrators, victims and the use of family therapy will also be explored.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the characteristics, scope and impact of domestic family violence ;
  2. Identify and explain related fields of research and practice that inform the family violence field;
  3. Apply the Structured Professional Judgement model to risk and threat assessments in family violence;
  4. Critically appraise strategies to engage, promote change and support the perpetrators of family violence and those they target;
  5. Identify and explain the considerations necessary when working with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
  6. Evaluate the use of family therapy in cases of family violence ;
  7. Articulate the means in mental health practice of family violence prevention.


  • Case study analysis (2000 words) (30%)
  • Secure 90-minute online assessment (30%)
  • Individual written assignment (2000 words) (30%)
  • Individual brief presentations (10 minutes) (10%)

Hurdle Requirement: Attendance at the Residential Weekend

Workload requirements

Off-campus: Students will be expected to complete 6-hours per week of teacher directed study and 6 hours of background reading and self-directed study.

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Off-campus attendance requirements

One compulsory residential weekend will be held during the semester.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study