Violence Against Women: Practice & Prevention Across Different Communities (SW4720) Short Course

Violence Against Women: Practice & Prevention Across Different Communities (SW4720) Short Course

This interdisciplinary module focuses on violence against women (VAW) across the life-course and within different populations.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

AWARD TYPE: Short Course


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: Within 3 months, comprising 10 half-day or 5 full-day sessions with pre-reading, and self-directed study time.

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: September

Entry Requirements:

The module is particularly suited for practitioners with an interest in: 

  • Studying violence against women and children 
  • Developing knowledge of relevant research methods in this field
  • Understanding violence against women theoretical frameworks

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Course Content

Module Outline:
Domestic abuse affects the lives of children, young people and their parents. It leaves children and mothers feeling unsafe in their homes. It is associated with a range of other adversities including poverty, isolation, substance misuse, other forms of family and community violence and abuse, mental health needs and disability. It is against this context that interventions with children and families take place.

This module will enable a range of practitioners working with families who live with domestic abuse and associated violence to develop their skills, knowledge of relevant research and confidence in this field.

Topics covered include:
• key concepts and approaches to families living with domestic abuse
• child sexual exploitation
• the impact of domestic violence on children and young people
• working with perpetrators of domestic abuse.

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment

15 minute PowerPoint presentation and 3,000 word assessment.

Academic Expertise

Rachel Robbins, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
• Critically discuss the different manifestations of different forms of VAW in different populations
• Evaluate academic research on VAW, the consequences, policy responses and interventions
• Confidently interpret and critically appraise VAW research data and methods used and relate to practice
• Critically analyse research and policy literature and communicate this to an audience.

Industry links & professional accreditation

The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.


Progression Routes

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Community Justice
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and Practice
Masters in Professional Development and Practice
Masters in Social Pedagogy Leadership

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit


Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361