Short course

Identifying and responding to domestic and family violence


This short e-learning course provides practical ways that health practitioners can increase their skills in identifying and responding to domestic and family violence. We outline how and when to ask about this sensitive issue and what to do when a patient discloses to enable a best practice response and referral.


You are introduced to the nature and impact on health of this chronic social condition and your ROLE. You will learn to discuss when and how to sensitively identify families presenting with symptoms and risk factors (RECOGNISE). The next section suggests how to assess risk and RESPOND safely to domestic violence using examples from practice, including brief safety planning strategies and options for referral. Finally, you are offered an opportunity to REFLECT on how to change your health setting environment to support this sensitive work, including the need for practitioner support.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the nature, severity, and impact of domestic violence
  • Inquire about domestic violence, with sensitivity, to a diverse range of patients and assess level of risk
  • Provide a first line response that addresses the needs of patients, including brief safety planning and options for support and referrals
  • Describe methods and resources for changing the environment you work in and for getting support for yourself

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Course outline

Identifying and responding to domestic violence

Delivery mode

Fully online (Approx. 45 minutes of learning with 15 minutes of assessments and case studies)

Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location. Program materials can be accessed through the eLearning Education app on mobiles and tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Program materials can also be accessed using a web browser.


The assessment is submission of the eLearning self-assessments including case studies. 
A Certificate of Completion is provided upon satisfactory completing of the course.

Course leaders

Course Director

Kelsey Hegarty


Kelsey Hegarty
Renee Fiolet (Course Coordinator)

Course Information

Key dates

July 2018


Health Care Practitioners: $20

Students: $10

Entry requirements

Any registered or student health care practitioner