SOCCHFAM 700 : Domestic Violence: Challenges and Responses

Education and Social Work

2024 Semester Two (1245) (30 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An in-depth examination of the prevalence, consequences, risk and protective factors of domestic violence in Aotearoa New Zealand. Draws on local and international research to explore conceptual models, theories, practice and current research concerns, aimed at prevention and intervention activities at the individual, family/whānau, organisational, community and societal levels.

Course Overview

Domestic violence is unfortunately very common. So, we need to get much better at recognising and responding to people experiencing domestic violence, and  we need to work out ways to prevent it, effectively put a stop to it, help people overcome its effects,  and keep people safe. This course is relevant to people working in many areas of professional practice, policy, and service design, for example social work (including child protection, family support, hospital social work), counselling, youthwork, teaching, Police, Corrections, and health, including mental health. It will be useful for frontline workers, practice leaders and managers.

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 7: Collaboration
Graduate Profile: Master of Social Work

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Understand and articulate the magnitude and consequences of the problem of interpersonal and family violence at the local, national, and global levels. (Capability 3.3, 4.1, 5.1 and 7.1)
  2. Understand and critically discuss some of the major factors that contribute to the occurrence of family and interpersonal violence at the local, national and global levels. (Capability 4.1 and 5.1)
  3. Describe some of the major violence prevention and intervention activities currently being undertaken in New Zealand. (Capability 3.3, 4.1 and 4.2)
  4. Engage in critical debate about how effective practices and policies might be disseminated at the individual, community, and national levels (Capability 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2)
  5. Able to express and critique the function of collaboration in addressing domestic violence (Capability 3.2, 4.1, 5.1 and 7.1)
  6. Able to design responsive strategies (Capability 3.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Test 30% Individual Test
Reports 50% Individual Coursework
Presentation 20% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6

To pass this course you need to submit all assessments and achieve at least 50% for the course overall

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 30 point course and students are expected to spend 20 hours per week involved in each 30 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 32 hours of lectures,  and the rest of the time will consist of self-directed reading  and thinking about the content and preparing for assignments and the test.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities to complete/receive credit for components of the course.
Lectures may be available as recordings. Other learning activities including will not be available as recordings.
The course may include live online events such as group discussions/tutorials.
Attendance on campus is required for the test.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a block delivery.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

A list of recommended reading will be made available through a Talis reading list.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Assignments adjusted to allow for deeper engagement with material located for student's area of interest

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.