Family Violence Issues

Familiy Violence Issues program description.

NOTE: See the beginning of Section H for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

FVI2001Introduction to Family Violence Issues3 ch

Introduction to current theories, research and practice in family violence issues. Topics will include: themes of violence; dynamics of violence; gender relations; attitudes, myths, and realities surrounding family violence; public versus private nature of family violence. Research from various perspectives will be evaluated. 

Prerequisite: Admission to the Certificate Program or permission of the instructor.

FVI2002Antecedents and Patterns of Family Violence Issues3 ch

Provides a historical and current overview of the societal catalysts/contributors to, and the patterns of, family violence. Explores why members of marginalized groups (e.g., the poor, women, children, immigrants, First Nations persons, gays, lesbians, disabled and the elderly) are often at especially high risk of being victimized by violence in intimate relationships. 

Prerequisite: Admission to Certificate Program or permission of the instructor.

FVI2003Violence in Society3 ch

An examination of the social origins of family violence. Topics include: militarism; pornography; sports; media; hierarchical workplaces; schools; patriarchy; racism; heterosexism; contributions of government and the criminal justice system. A critical analysis of the part played by social institutions and policy in accommodating family violence.

Prerequisite: Admission to Certificate Program or permission of the instructor.

FVI2013Understanding Family Violence and Child Maltreatment (O)3 ch (3C) [W]

This is an introduction to the issues of family violence, child maltreatment, experiences of the children and impact of exposure on children. The course also reviews the various roles and responses of agencies from within the community of child maltreatment within the context of family violence. It will explore the problem of family violence across the lifespan, focusing on the child abuse/neglect, intimate partner violence, and the various responses of agencies from within the community. Finally, it will look at the link between child abuse and neglect and the role of prevention. 

Prerequisite: Admission to Certificate Program or permission of the instructor.

FVI3002The Social and Psychological Contexts of Abuse3 ch

An examination of the psychological and social dynamics of abuse, and the consequences of these dynamics for the ways in which survivors present themselves to members of helping professions, e.g., health care workers, employers, educators, lawyers, clergy, social workers, therapists, alcohol and drug workers. Review of the necessity for and characteristics of a 'whole person' approach to survivor assessment. 

Prerequisite: Six credit hours from FVI 2001, FVI 2002, FVI 2003 (or SOCI 1563); or permission of the instructor. 

FVI3003Counselling Interventions in Response to Family Violence3 ch

Overview of strategies essential to crisis counselling and other forms of counselling that are relevant to family violence. Topics include: the impact of violence on family members; methods of effective assessment and crisis intervention; homicide/suicide prevention; counselling orientation and models; individual, family and group approaches to counselling; ethical considerations; counselling children and teens; responding to 'hidden victims'; and making appropriate referrals. The crisis counselling section will include a skill development component. 

Prerequisite: Six credit hours from FVI 2001, FVI 2002, FVI 2003 (or SOCI 1563); or permission of the instructor. 

FVI3004Inter-disciplinary Responses and Obligations 3 ch

Identification of common signs and symptoms of abuse. Methods of assessment. Provision of a safe environment. Reporting, referring, and follow-up care. Topics include: techniques for specific situations (e.g. women, children, the elderly); conflict resolution; safety; requirements for use as evidence in justice system; responsibilities of professional workers; cognitive interviewing; audio and video taping of witnesses and survivors; liability; confidentiality. 

Prerequisite: Six credit hours from FVI 2001, FVI 2002, FVI 2003 (or SOCI 1563); or permission of the instructor. 

FVI3005Family and Criminal Legal Systems 3 ch

An overview of: family violence legal issues pertaining to: (a) family law - e.g., custody; access; mediation; supervised visitation; requirements to report abuse; legal aid; peace bonds; police protection; enforcement of family court orders; separation and divorce; (b) the criminal justice system - e.g., implications of criminalization of abuse; role of police; mandatory charging; informing spouse about release of abuser; process through justice system of survivor; witness impact statements; role of probation officer; probation period. 

Prerequisite: Six credit hours from FVI 2001, FVI 2002, FVI 2003 (or SOCI 1563); or permission of the instructor. 

FVI3006Intervention Strategies and Programs for People who Batter (Cross-Listed: SOCI 3006)3 ch (3C) [W]
This course will examine the major theories related to violence in intimate relationships and explore the different intervention strategies and programs which have evolved from these theories. Credits cannot be obtained for both FVI 3006 and SOCI 3006.

Prerequisite: 3 ch from any SOCI 1000-level course; or permission of the instructor.

FVI3007Religion and Violence (O) (Cross-Listed: SOCI 3007)3 ch (3C) [W]

This course examines issues pertaining to violence in religious families and the role of faith communities (and their leaders) in responding to violence in the family context. It will consider relevant data, theories, and strategies for change. Normally taught online. 

FVI3013International Perspectives on Violence Against Woman (O)3 ch (3C) [W]

This course examines the global issue of violence against women from international and feminist perspectives. This course will examine some of the many forms of gender violence in our global world, the cultural, economic, social and political contexts in which they occur, and reflect on the causes and consequences of gender violence and women's inequality for women, children, and the whole communities women and girls and advocating for gender equality and social justice as well as other international, community and organized responses to women's suffering. This course will also critically reflect on how including structures of gender, race and sexuality and colonialism and imperialism.

Prerequisite: Six credit hours from FVI 2001, FVI 2002, FVI 2003 (or SOCI 1563); or permission of the instructor. 

FVI4001Erosion of Social Safety Net - Consequences for Family Violence Service-Providers3 ch

Issues related to burnout and stress management for service-providers, their co-workers, and their clients. A critical overview of the human, social, and economic costs of the erosion of the social safety net. Strategies for stress management, coping with burnout, and societal-level reforms.

Prerequisite: Six credit hours from FVI 2001, FVI 2002, FVI 2003 (or SOCI 1563); or permission of the instructor. 

FVI4002Multidisciplinary Approaches to Family Violence 3 ch

Presents strategies which will assist professionals in coordinating their efforts to help survivors through creation of 'whole person' community approaches. Topics include: helping agencies' diverse and overlapping mandates; referral processes; inter-agency communication; support and debriefing; team dynamics; community resources; interface with policy makers. This course is required for the FVI Certificate. 

Prerequisite: Six credit hours from FVI 2001, FVI 2002, FVI 2003 (or SOCI 1563); or permission of the instructor. 

FVI4005Individual Studies3 ch

An individualized study of a topic of interest to the student, in consultation with instructor/mentor and approval of the Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research.

Prerequisite: Six credit hours from FVI 2001, FVI 2002, FVI 2003 (or SOCI 1563); or permission of the instructor. 

FVI4006Individual Studies3 ch

An individualized study of a topic of interest to the student, in consultation with instructor/mentor and approval of the Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research. 

Prerequisite: Six credit hours from FVI 2001, FVI 2002, FVI 2003 (or SOCI 1563); or permission of the instructor.