Gender-Based Violence: Responding to Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse

  • Course provided by Future Learn
  • Study type: Online
  • Starts: Anytime
  • Price: Free
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Course Description

Understand the prevalence of IPVA and gender-based violence

Intimate partner violence and abuse (IPVA) and gender-based violence (GBV) are global issues. They are so prevalent that they will touch everyone in some way, whether that is through patients, acquaintances, or personal experience. For this reason, it is an area everyone should be knowledgeable about.

This four-week course will introduce you to the types of IPVA and how it can present itself in different relationships. You’ll understand the pervasiveness of IPVA, what drives it, and learn how to support people experiencing IPVA.

Explore the misconceptions surrounding abusive relationships

Intimate partner violence and abuse has a long history and there are many myths and misconceptions that surround abusive behaviours.

You’ll analyse IPVA through historical and legal lenses, exploring past cases of perpetrators and victims to understand the patterns of abuse and help dispel misconceptions.

Discover the signs and symptoms of IPVA and recognise red flags

Understanding the signs of abuse is imperative to helping victims and preventing escalation where possible.

You’ll learn to recognise the common physical and behavioural signs that indicate that someone is experiencing abuse, and understand the role of intersectionality in the presentation of these signs.

Learn how to respond to and support abuse victims with the University of Glasgow

Approaching the conversation of abuse with a victim can be a delicate matter, but the facilitators of this course have extensive expertise on IPVA and are equipped to prepare you for these tender situations.

You’ll learn to identify high-risk victims, ask the right questions, and create a basic safety plan. Once you complete this course, you’ll be empowered to support victims of IPVA.

What topics will you cover?

Week One - An introduction to gender-based violence, intimate partner violence and abuse (IPVA)

  • Gender Based Violence
  • Intimate partner violence and abuse (IPVA)
  • Myths and misconceptions about IPVA
  • The typology of IPVA
  • Coercive control
  • Gaslighting
  • The role of technology in IPVA

Week 2 - The origins of Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse

  • Historical timeline of IPVA
  • Perpetrators in historical context
  • Victims in historical context
  • Intervention in historical context

Week 3 - Recognising IPVA-Hiding in plain sight

  • Physical signs of IPVA
  • Behavioural signs of IPVA
  • Intersectionality and IPVA
  • Consequences of IPVA
  • Men as victims of IPVA

Week 4-Responding to IPVA

  • Taking action-how to support someone experiencing IPVA
  • Trauma informed care
  • IPVA in the workplace
  • IPVA and younger people
  • Safety planning
  • Becoming an active bystander
  • Advocacy and awareness raising
  • Course reflections

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone who wishes to know more about IPAV, or who is impacted by this area of work, such as police officials or support workers.

It will also be useful to those studying in the fields of health, social care, law, and HR.

White Ribbon Scotland

White Ribbon Scotland do amazing work encouraging men and boys to end violence against women through awareness raising and activism and by encouraging all men and boys to sign the White Ribbon pledge. They are part of a worldwide movement and in Scotland and further afield they work at grassroots level with many local groups.

Donations from this course

We are committed to supporting charities who work in the area of Gender Based Violence. Together with FutureLearn, we will be donating a combined total of 10% of net proceeds of this course, over a three year period, to White Ribbon Scotland. This donation will make a big impact on their ability to continue their work.

Who developed the course?

The University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

  • Established

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020