Domestic Violence & Abuse Training

Domestic Violence and Abuse
£30 +VAT

This Domestic Violence training course helps people who work with children to understand what domestic violence is, how it may begin, who perpetrates abuse, and how to identify when it may be happening. The course outlines the impact that domestic violence and abuse has on victims and children, and assists learners to understand how to respond appropriately to their concerns.

Domestic violence and abuse, sometimes referred to as DVA, is a serious safeguarding children issue. Witnessing domestic violence – whether first hand, overhearing it, or only observing the after-effects – is considered a form of significant harm under safeguarding children guidance.

  • Developed by a qualified child protection professional
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who should take this course?

This online domestic violence and abuse course is suitable for professionals in any industry who have contact with children, young adults, and/or their families. The course is written at an introductory level and is suitable for workers of all levels, including part-time staff and volunteers.

If you have not taken any training in child protection before, then it's recommended that you also take an Introduction to Safeguarding Children course alongside this one.


CPD Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 3 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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Course content

1What is Domestic Violence?

Types of domestic violence, statistics, who is at risk from domestic violence and the impact on children.

2Components of Domestic Violence

The dynamics of domestic violence, the Duluth model, power and control, coercion and threats, intimidation, emotional abuse, isolation, denying and blaming, using children, using privilege and financial abuse.

3The Impact of Domestic Violence on Victims

How domestic violence begins, who can be a victim of domestic violence, who perpetrates domestic violence, why victims of abuse don’t come forward, the impact of domestic violence, the impact on mental health and coping mechanisms.

4The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Recognising domestic violence, case example, how children are affected by domestic violence, the impact on children and how children respond to domestic violence.

5Responding to Concerns

First steps, talking to suspected victims, talking to children, taking action, case example, contacting social care, identifying significant harm, protecting children at risk, Clare’s Law, Domestic Violence Protection Orders and further resources.

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Aims of the course

By the end of this course, learners will:

  • Understand what is meant by domestic violence and abuse and be aware of the most common components of abuse.
  • Understand the impact that domestic violence and abuse has on victims and their lives.
  • Have an awareness of how domestic violence begins and who may perpetrate the abuse.
  • Understand the impact that domestic violence and abuse has on children, and understand why domestic violence is considered a type of significant harm under safeguarding guidance.
  • Know how to respond appropriately to any concerns about children and their families in relation to domestic violence.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 15 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.