Understanding Domestic Abuse

13 September – 29 November 2021

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UNISON South East partners with New City College to offer members Level 2 Accreditation in Domestic Abuse

Unison South East in conjunction with New City College are running a Level 2 accredited course on Domestic Abuse. This course is distantly running via a workbook and has a duration of 10 weeks, there is tutor support throughout and offers a level 2 qualification upon completion.

We are inviting all UNISON members across the South East region to take up this learning offer. Domestic Abuse is often seen as a personal issue however we know this is also a trade union issue. It is so widespread that without doubt there are many UNISON members who are affected, and whose lives and work are overshadowed by it. The effects of domestic abuse, like those of harassment in the workplace, can be far-reaching. Home and work issues cannot always be neatly separated. It threatens the health and safety of those who suffer. UNISON is committed to fight for equality and tackle harassment. Raising awareness of Domestic Abuse is one way the union can support it’s aims.

All members of UNISON are invited to take this course, it is specifically aimed  for anyone who has a responsibility to respond to domestic abuse or support those experiencing domestic abuse, such as employers, teachers, health and social care workers and anyone involved in safeguarding adults, children or young people.

We are asking members to register interest by 27th August, members will then be contacted by New City College after this date to arrange the course. You can register interest by emailing; membereducationse@unison.co.uk


Why this course?
The annual Crime Survey estimates that almost 2.5 Million adults experience domestic abuse each year. In addition, one in five children witness or experience domestic abuse in their childhood. Although it is often an under reported crime, with most cases of domestic abuse kept hidden. The new Domestic Abuse Act 2021 makes prosecuting domestic abuse more straightforward and offers more protection to those who are being abused, but cases still need to be identified and responses need to be effective.



Core Units:

Unit 1: Understand Domestic Abuse

The learner will:

Understand the term ‘domestic abuse’

Know the prevalence of domestic abuse

Understand misconceptions surrounding domestic abuse

Understand how national policy and strategy in relation to domestic abuse has changed over time


Unit 2: Understand the signs and risk factors associated with domestic abuse

The learner will:

Understand signs of domestic abuse

Understand factors that may contribute to the risk of domestic abuse

Understand why domestic abuse is not always disclosed or reported


Unit 3: Understand the impact of domestic abuse

The learner will:

Understand the impact of domestic abuse on an individual

Understand the impact of domestic abuse on children

Understand the impact of domestic abuse on family members

Understand transition in domestic abuse

Understand the economic and social cost of domestic abuse


Unit 4: Understand policy, response and intervention in relation to domestic abuse

The learner will:

Know about legislation and government responses to domestic abuse

Understand how to respond if domestic abuse or harm is disclosed, suspected, or alleged

Know about the support available to survivors of domestic abuse

Know how to access support services available to those experiencing domestic abuse

Understand potential barriers to accessing information and support

Understand the importance of multi-agency approaches in relation to domestic abuse

Understand ways to reduce the likelihood of domestic abuse

Know about support available to perpetrators of domestic abuse