Coercive Control Microcredential launches at UWA

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Would you like to develop your knowledge and skills in identifying coercive control?

This newly launched online UWA micro-credential course Understanding the complexities of coercive control in domestic and family violence aims to assist health, social services, and legal professionals to recognise and respond to coercive control in relation to domestic and family violence (DFV). 

Why study this course?

Coercive control in domestic & family violence (DFV) is a significant health, social and justice issue. Early engagement and response to DFV and coercive control is needed across sectors, health, social and legal professions. This course provides evidence-based knowledge to improve professionals' awareness of coercive control and DFV, to upskill them to identify, respond to, and refer them to support services.

Who should study this course

This micro-credential is suitable for healthcare, social services, legal and justice system professionals such as psychologists, social workers, doctors, lawyers, magistrates, child health nurses, and police. Professionals from any sector can benefit from this course, including friends and family of those experiencing coercive control.

What you will learn

  • Recognise and describe coercive control as a significant indicator of DFV.
  • Explore the individualised, intersecting and cumulative nature of coercive control and differentiate between incident-specific DFV and pattern-based abuse.
  • Recognise and identify the behaviours and tactics of perpetrators.
  • Identify the impacts and risks that result from coercive control and victim-survivor responses.
  • Recognise and document signs and perpetrator patterns of coercive control with victim-survivors and refer to specialist support for earlier intervention.
  • Describe the legislative responses, complexities and impacts of the legal system on coercive control victim-survivors.

On completion you will receive:

  • Three PD Points
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript.

Who created this microcredential

Developed by the WA Centre for Rural Health and The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with industry experts and people with lived experience.

Delivery Mode: Online (lectures and workshops)

Course Dates: 15 July – 23 August 2024

Registration close:  8 July 2024

Duration: 6 weeks

Cost: $440 inc. GST

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