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Sexual violence is prevalent in Australia, occurring across all groups and communities.
In Australia, 2.2 million women (23%) and 718,000 men (8.0%) aged 18 years and over have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime since the age of 15^. Women living in rural and remote locations are particularly at risk, as are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, refugees and migrants, LGBTQ+ community members, older and young people, and sex workers.
These figures and facts mean that you are likely to work with victim/survivors of sexual violence. Knowledge of and skills in identifying and responding to sexual violence will enable you to support others.
This course will enable you to provide responses to victim/survivors that prevent re-traumatisation, promote recovery and reduce the risk of re-victimisation. You will explore the sociological drivers of sexual violence, its prevalence and its impacts on individuals and society.
Teachers with experience in working with victim/survivors will support you in developing your skills to identify the indicators and effects of sexual violence and to collaborate with victim/survivors to determine and address their recovery needs and preferences.
^Source: 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Personal Safety Survey.
I now feel confident that I can effectively respond to clients and meet their needs for safety and response by having completed a thorough deep dive into sexual violence and its effects on victim/survivors, their families, and the larger community.
- Natasha Wynd, Course in Recognising and Responding to Sexual Violence student
The course is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services under the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032.
This course was designed under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
Learn from experienced professionals who prepare you for responses to disclosures of sexual violence.
Gain the knowledge and skills to provide trauma-informed responses to a range of people in need.
Throughout this course, you will learn about the forms, contexts and prevalence of sexual violence.
You will build knowledge of the impacts on those who experience sexual violence, those close to them and on society. You will develop skills to facilitate and respond to disclosure, applying the principles of trauma-informed care and practice to address intersectional barriers to disclosure and support.
During your training, you will complete self-paced, digital learning activities and participate in facilitated workshops. You will undertake knowledge-based assessment to demonstrate your knowledge and your response skills through practical tasks. You will also reflect on your experiences to develop self-awareness and practice.
You’ll learn from professionals who share their knowledge and experience to help you prepare for responses to disclosures of sexual violence.
The Course in Recognising and Responding to Sexual Violence is an initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
Funding for students’ fees is provided by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services under the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032.
Following extensive consultation with service providers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community members, people with disability, LGBTQ+ community members, older adults, young people and sex workers, Monash University's Department of Forensic Medicine and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine led the development of the course. Development of content, learning and assessment materials was in partnership with CASA House, No to Violence, Yarrow Place – Rape and Sexual Assault Service, Laurel House – Sexual Assault Support, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, University of the Sunshine Coast and RMIT University.
Throughout your studies, you will be required to attend weekly online facilitated 3 hour-long workshops, plus digital self-paced and community of learning engagement.
Time spent on self-paced learning activities is dependent on your current level of knowledge and experience. Workshops will include time for assessment work but some tasks may need to be completed in your own time.
This subject focuses on understanding the forms, contexts, drivers, and risks of sexual violence with an understanding of the impact of vicarious trauma, values, and biases on practice. Through eLearning and across four workshops, this subject will equip workers with skills to work within legal, ethical, and trauma-informed frameworks for sexual violence.
This subject will develop your ability to apply trauma-informed care and practice principles to facilitate and respond to disclosures of sexual violence. You will also develop skills to take an intersectional approach to identify victim/survivors’ needs and preferences and support their access to specialist and targeted services. This subject is delivered through eLearning and six workshops.
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On completion of the Course in Recognising and Responding to Sexual Violence, you will have the knowledge and skills to recognise and facilitate disclosures from your students, colleagues, clients, service users or community members. You will also be able to provide trauma-informed responses to support victim/survivor physical, emotional and cultural safety.
You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.
There are no minimum academic requirements.
Proof of previous education or work experience is not required for application.
You must be at least 18 years of age by the commencement date of the program.
International applicants please contact VE Admissions & Selection for further information on how to apply.
There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.
A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.
Enrolments in this course are 100% government subsidised for eligible students. Funding is provided by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services under the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032. Students who study this course will not be charged a tuition fee.
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Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.
Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.