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Unit Overview


Social workers play a key role in supporting victim-survivors of abuse and violence across multiple practice and cultural contexts and settings. This unit provides students with the knowledges and skills to recognise the various types of abuse and violence and to provide effective social responses and practical supports to victim-survivors. Students will explore the socio-political and gendered drivers of violence - including coercive control - within relationships, and will examine contemporary Australian legislative and policy approaches to address this ‘wicked problem.' The unit content is informed by current research and underpinned by key intersectional, feminist, and indigenist theoretical concepts and practice frameworks across the prevention, early intervention, and tertiary support domains. Students are invited to critically engage with the challenging topics and reflect on their own values as change agents. 

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Social Work major sequence

Students are able to (1) outline the socio-political and gendered drivers of violence within intimate relationships and families; (2) describe and evaluate legislative and policy approaches to addressing family and domestic and violence and sexualised violence; (3) apply knowledge to recognise, assess and effectively respond to victim-survivors of family and domestic violence and sexualised violence, promoting safety and perpetrator accountability; (4) develop theoretical and practice frameworks that value lived-experience and First Nations knowledges within a decolonising and justice-doing ethic; (5) critically reflect on personal values as an emerging social worker and the values of social work within the broader socio-political setting; and (6) apply social work ethical principles to guide professional behaviour and practice.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) critical analysis; (2) case study, including critical reflection; (3) risk assessment; and (4) professional behaviour assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the professional behaviour assessment component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH017 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
and Successful completion of
48 points
Contact hours
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.