Professional Certificate in Family Violence

Arium School of Arts & Sciences

Course introduction

The course examines the entire spectrum of family violence, focusing on social processes and social relationships. The eighth edition is a multidisciplinary introduction to the study of domestic violence that guides students to a better understanding of the challenges involved in reducing or eliminating violence. There will be more information on PTSD and head trauma, a new section in children witnessing domestic violence, and international perspectives that crosses borders and cultures.
The forms of abuse covered will be child physical abuse, sibling abuse, dating violence, spousal, cohabiting, and elder abuse (child sexual abuse is covered in other elective courses), sexual harassment, stalking, and victims rights. The lessons will comprise of a variety of pedagogical methods, including didactic lectures, experiential exercises, and group discussions. An emphasis will be placed on videos, and role-playing. In addition, special attention will be given to student’s attitudes and emotional reactions to the material covered.

Course Benefits

1 a. Examine major theories that underpin and understanding of family violence from a variety of perspective and how to respond and recognize the threats of aggression.
b. Explanation of causation on societal, individual or relationship levels.
1.1 Students will have a clear understanding of the various key theories used to explain family violence.
1.2 Explain what can be done to help a victim of family violence.
1.3 Able to identify possible indicators of family violence in children and adults in terms of structural inequality and lack of power.
2 a. An overview of the various dimensions and dynamics of family violence.
b. Have a better understanding of the challenges involved in reducing and eliminating violence.
2 a. An overview of the various dimensions and dynamics of family violence.
b. Have a better understanding of the challenges involved in reducing and eliminating violence.
3 a. Student’s will understand the international perspective of family violence that crosses borders and cultures.
b. The law and enforce agencies that are involved in Singapore in dealing with domestic violence and abuse.
3.1 Explain the mandatory reporting laws and their response to child abuse.
3.2 Identify how each major type of abuse impacts social and law and enforcement agencies that are involved.
3.3 Recognize the extent of family violence in today’s society & victim issues.

Course Outline

  • Characteristics & Consequences of Family Violence
  • Intimate Partner Abuse & Relationship Violence
  • The Criminal Justice Responses to Intimate Partner Abuse & Violence
  • Elder Abuse
  • Physical Child Abuse
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Child Neglect
  • Sibling Abuse
  • Child Exploitation
  • Special Issues in Child Abuse
  • Professionals & Their Response to Child Abuse
  • Special Populations & Family Violence
  • Sexual Violence
  • Stalking

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Trainer Profile

Our Lecturers

All our lecturers are selected based on their subject expertise, experience and dedication. They are required to possess at least a Masters in their subject expertise. With their years of work experience, they will also be able to illustrate topics in class with real world examples. We are committed to provide a high standard of service by promoting an environment conductive to student learning through a low student-teacher ratio of 30:1. Currently, we have 50 adjunct lecturers. A brief profile of some of our lecturers is given below.

Details of our lecturers can be found on our website.