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Certificate in the Fundamentals of Understanding and Responding to Domestic Abuse

(Level 8 Special Purpose Award, 10 ECTS)

Applications are currently being accepted for the Certificate in the Fundamentals of Understanding and Responding to Domestic Abuse (Level 8 Special Purpose Award, 10 ECTS). The Programme is being led by the Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Studies, School of Health & Science in DkIT and has been developed in collaboration with key individuals from a range of stakeholder groups.This includes the School of Business and Humanities DkIT; Women’s Aid, Dundalk; Drogheda Women’s & Children Refuge Centre; Probation Service; Department of Social Work, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda; Department of Midwifery, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and An Garda Síochána.

Who Should Apply?

This programme will be of particular interest to those individuals whose work may bring them into contact with victims of Domestic Abuse. Domestic abuse occurs in every culture, country and age group affecting individuals from all socioeconomic, educational and religious backgrounds. It affects both women and men and occurs within heterosexual and lesbian, gay and bisexual or transgender relationships. However it is acknowledged, from evidence both nationally and internationally, that the majority of victims are women. Domestic abuse will also affect children even if they are not abused or do not witness it directly. Domestic abuse can present in the form of Elder Abuse where the older person is abused by a significant individual such as their spouse, children, relatives or carer. It is also recognized that it occurs within vulnerable groups such as those with an intellectual and/or physical disability where the abuser may be a carer, partner or relative.

Subject Areas Studied

Unit One: Theoretical context of domestic abuse
Unit Two: Contemporary issues within domestic abuse
Unit Three: Professional ethical and legal practice

Duration of the Programme:
The programme takes place over one semester. It uses a blended learning approach, whereby learners engage in face to face contact and online delivery. Face to face contact typically requires attendance at college one day a week 2 (possibly Friday) mostly on alternate weeks over the 14 week semester (subject to change).

Entry Requirements:
Applicants should have a Level 7 major award qualification in a relevant discipline.

Equivalent recognition may be given through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process on an individual case-by-case basis to candidates who have not yet achieved this academic standard but who can demonstrate significant relevant professional experience.

DkIT requires that current service users of Domestic Abuse support services do not undertake this programme. You should delay your application until such time as you are no longer a service user. This will avoid potential professional conflict of interest between current service users and other programme participants.

Candidates may be interviewed

Programme Fees:
This programme is subject to fees. Current cost is €700.

Application process:
Students should complete a Lifelong Learning application form and submit an up to date CV and scanned versions of academic qualifications to:
Lifelong Learning Centre, Dundalk IT, Dublin Road, Dundalk Co. Louth.

Alternatively you can email a scanned copy of the application form, CV and academic qualifications to

Lifelong Learning Application forms can be downloaded from the following link

This programme has an intake in September and January.
Next intake: Sept 2017
Currently accepting applications for Sept 2017

Informal enquiries can be made to or

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