Courses & Units

Responding to Family Violence Realities LAW479



Responding to Family Violence Realities is an applied multidisciplinary unit which aims to promote a deeper and more comprehensive analysis of the range of behaviours that may comprise family violence, different perspectives on the causes of and solutions to family violence and contemporary legal and other system responses to family violence. This unit has a practical application and the unit draws together academic/empirical literature, legislation, practice, policy, and problem-solving scenarios. There is a special focus throughout the unit on issues of vulnerability and diversity as well as non-stereotypical, new and emerging forms of family violence. The teaching staff for this unit have expertise in criminology, psychology and criminal law.


Unit name Responding to Family Violence Realities
Unit code LAW479
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Caroline Spiranovic

Teaching staff

Dr Caroline Spiranovic, Dr Jeremy Prichard, Dr David Plater, Christina Hudson, Laura Michaelson

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Summer school (early) Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Summer school (early) 4/11/2019 1/1/2020 30/1/2020 16/2/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 090515

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Completion of 300 pts of university study (ie 24 x 12.5pt units)


Teaching Pattern

Fully online.


A quiz assessing knowledge of a diverse range of behaviours that would constitute family violence (worth 5%).

1,000 word maximum written submission (worth 30%) in a format appropriate to the student’s field of study (e.g. a brief or letter) – outlining and discussing the pros and cons of a legislative approach to dealing with a particular form of family violence.

1,500 word maximum written submission (worth 40%) in a format appropriate to the student’s field of study (e.g. an organisational position statement, submission to an enquiry), supported by empirical evidence, on working with vulnerable victims or victims from diverse communities (area of focus to be decided by student).

Discussion board contributions (worth 25%) - students nominate a total of five weeks by which the teaching staff can assess the level of their discussion board contributions against each of the ILOs.

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