SWSP 6313 / SWSP 3043 – Interpersonal, family and structural violence
Assessment 1 Overview and instructions
Assessment type: Short answers about the types, tactics, dynamics, drivers and impacts of
intimate partner violence.
BSW students: 2,000 words in total (including in-text citations and reference list)
You are required to provide written short answers responding to questions based on video case
study (documentary). Your responses are based on watching the documentary video, “See what you
made me do” and unit materials.
Video case study link:
“See what you made me do”
Assessment task details and instructions
Watch a documentary depicting domestic violence in Australia. Focusing on one the stories in the
documentary, answer questions with short answers using the key concepts in intimate partner
violence as discussed in the readings, lectures and class resources. The documentary and questions
will be provided and discussed with you in week two. Your task is to critically reflect on and discuss
the dynamics and tactics of abuse, the drivers of abuse, and the devastating impacts on the women
and children victim-survivors. Apply your knowledge of the readings and class resources from weeks
1 – 6 of this unit.
Your written responses will answer the following questions:
- Identify, explain and discuss the different tactics of abuse and warning signs using:
- Discuss the “Power and Control Wheel” (Weeks 1 & 2) and cycle of abuse in relation to the video
case study, citing three (3) examples/scenarios.
- Define coercive control and describe the harm it causes according to Stark (2012). What does the
abuser seek? Discuss the main concepts in the readings (e.g. Stark 2012). Cite three (3) examples
from the video case study.
- Describe the concept of “gender-based violence” as portrayed in the video case study:
- Discuss the drivers of “gender-based violence”, citing materials from Weeks 2 and 3. Cite three (3)
examples from the video case study to illustrate your key points.
- Describe the importance of an intersectional lens:
- Using the readings from Weeks 4-6, explain the importance of intersectionality in understanding
the experience of family violence in relation to:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
- Women with a disability
- Women from refugee and migrant backgrounds
- LGBTIQ+ people
Assessment Criteria – Task 1
- Knowledge of the tactics, types, drivers and dynamics of intimate partner violence
- Knowledge of the impacts of gendered violence
- Effective use of the set and recommended literature for this unit
- Clarity of expression, structure, accurate referencing using APA (7th edition) conventions.
How to do well in Assessment Task 1
- Attend all lectures and complete the set readings. Ensure that you demonstrate your engagement
with readings and resources provided during Weeks 1-6.
- Actively participate in class discussions
- Allow time to watch the documentary and draft, edit and proofread your critique
- You must reference texts using APA 7th referencing style.
SWSP3043 Readings List
Week 1 – Unit Introduction
- Danis, F. S., & Bhandari, S. (2010). Understanding domestic violence: A primer. In L. L. Lockhart & F. S. Danis (Eds.), Domestic violence: Intersectionality and culturally competent practice (pp. 29-66). Colombia University Press.
- Heise L. L. (1998). Violence against women: An integrated, ecological framework. Violence Against Women, 4(3), 262-290. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801298004003002
Week 2 – Key concepts in domestic violence
- Morley, C., & Dunstan, J. (2016). Putting gender back on the agenda in domestic and family violence policy and service responses: Using critical reflection to create cultural change. Social Alternatives, 35(4), 43-48.
- Stark, E. (2012). Coercive control. In L. McMillan & N. Lombard (Eds.), Violence against women: Current theory and practice in domestic abuse, sexual violence and exploitation (pp. 17-34). Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Week 3 – The nature and extent of sexual violence in Australia
- Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety . (2019, August). Intimate partner sexual violence: Research synthesis (2nd ed.). https://www.anrows.org.au/publication/intimate-partner-sexual-violence-research-synthesis/
- Heise, L. L., Pitanguy, J., & Germain, A. (1994). Violence against women : The hidden health burden [Discussion paper]. World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/489381468740165817/Violence-against-women-the-hidden-health-burden.
- Powell, A., & Henry, N. (2018). Chapter 2: Sexual violence: A feminist criminological analysis (pp. 23-47). Sexual violence in a digital age. Palgrave Macmillan.
Week 4 – The experiences of domestic violence and ‘help seeking’ for women who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
- Changing the picture: A national resource to support the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children
- Atkinson, J. (2013). Chapter 2: Song lines and trauma trails (pp. 23-92). Trauma trails, recreating song lines: The transgenerational effects of trauma in Indigenous Australia. Spinifex Press.
- Lucashenko, M. (1996). Violence against Indigenous women: Public and private dimensions. Violence Against Women, 2(4), 378-390. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801296002004003
Week 5 – The experiences of domestic violence and ‘help seeking’ for people in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer relationships
- Bermea, A. M., van Eeden-Moorefield, B., & Khaw, L. (2019). Serving queer survivors of intimate partner violence through diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 31(4), 521-545. https://doi.org/10.1080/10538720.2019.1653805
- Davis, K. & Glass, N. (2011). Reframing the heteronormative constructions of lesbian partner violence: An Australian case study. In J. L. Ristock (Ed.), Intimate partner violence in LGBTQ lives (pp. 13-36). Routledge.
- Hill, A. O., Bourne, A., McNair, R., Carman, M. & Lyons, A. (2020). Private Lives 3: The health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ people in Australia (ARCSHS Monograph Series No. 122). Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. https://www.latrobe.edu.au/arcshs/publications/private-lives/private-lives-3
Week 6 – The experiences of domestic violence and ‘help seeking’ for women who have come to Australia as migrants and refugees
- ANROWS. (2020, May). Multicultural and settlement services supporting women experiencing violence. https://www.anrows.org.au/project/the-muses-project-multicultural-and-settlement-services-supporting-women-experiencing-violence/
- El-Murr, A. (2018). Intimate partner violence in Australian refugee communities: Scoping review of issues and service responses (CFCA Paper No. 50). Australian Institute of Family Studies. https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/cfca-paper/intimate-partner-violence-australian-refugee-communities
- Murdolo, A., & Quiazon, R. (2016, May). Key issues in working with men from immigrant and refugee communities in preventing violence against women (White Ribbon Research Series). https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/awcontent/whiteribbon/documents/White-Ribbon-Australia-Key-issues-in-working-with-men-from-immigrant-and-refugee-communities.pdf
- MCWH. (2017). Intersectionality matters: A guide to engaging immigrant and refugee communities to prevent violence against women [Research guide]. https://www.mcwh.com.au/intersectionality-matters-a-new-resource-for-preventing-violence-against-women/
Week 7 – Break Week
No set readings.
Week 8 – Primary prevention of gender-based violence; why violence against women is a men’s issue
- Michau, L., Horn, J., Bank, A., Dutt, M., & Zimmerman, C. (2015). Prevention of violence against women and girls: Lessons from practice. The Lancet, 385(9978), 1672-1684. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61797-9
- Powell, A., & Henry, N. (2018). Chapter 4: Rape culture unveiled (pp. 79-116). Sexual violence in a digital age. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Salter, M. (2016). ‘Real men don’t hit women’: Constructing masculinity in the prevention of violence against women. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 49(4), 463-479. https://doi.org/ 10.1177/0004865815587031
Week 9 – What can we learn from perpetrators’ accounts of their own violence?
- Bancroft, L. (2002). Why does he do that? Inside the minds of angry and controlling men. Berkley Books.
- Dragiewicz, M. (2011). 4: Batterer narratives (pp. 53-66). Equality with a vengeance: Men’s rights groups, battered women, and antifeminist backlash. North-eastern University Press.
Week 10 – The roles and responsibilities of the media in reporting on domestic violence and sexual assault
- Fulu, E., & Miedema, S. (2015). Violence against women: Globalizing the integrated ecological model. Violence Against Women, 21(12), 1431-1455. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801215596244
- Sutherland, G., McCormack, A., Pirkis, J., Vaughan, C., Dunne- Breen, M., Easteal, P., & Holland, K. (2016). Media representations of violence against women and their children: Final report . Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. https://www.anrows.org.au/publication/media-representations-of-violence-against-women-and-their-children-final-report/
- Heilman, B., Guerrero-López, C. M., Ragonese, C., Kelberg, M., and Barker, G. (2019). The cost of the man box: A study on the economic impacts of harmful masculine stereotypes in the US, UK, and Mexico – Executive Summary [Report]. Promundo-US and Unilever.
Week 11 – Bystander approaches
- Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2018). National community attitudes towards violence against women survey. https://www.anrows.org.au/research-program/ncas/
- Banyard, V. L. (2011). Who will help prevent sexual violence? Creating an ecological model of bystander intervention. Psychology of Violence, 1(3), 216-229. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0023739
- Powell, A. (2014, May). Bystander approaches: Responding to and preventing men’s sexual violence against women. Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault. https://aifs.gov.au/publications/archived/3785
Video for writing