Interpersonal, family and structural violence

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.

Weight: 40%


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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. Knowledge of the tactics, types, drivers and dynamics of intimate partner violence
  2. Knowledge of the impacts of gendered violence
  3. Effective use of the set and recommended literature for this unit
  4. 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

Week 2 – Key concepts in domestic violence

Week 3 – The nature and extent of sexual violence in Australia

Week 4 – The experiences of domestic violence and ‘help seeking’ for women who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Week 5 – The experiences of domestic violence and ‘help seeking’ for people in lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer relationships

Week 6 – The experiences of domestic violence and ‘help seeking’ for women who have come to Australia as migrants and refugees

Week 7 – Break Week

No set readings.

Week 8 – Primary prevention of gender-based violence; why violence against women is a men’s issue

Week 9 – What can we learn from perpetrators’ accounts of their own violence?

Week 10 – The roles and responsibilities of the media in reporting on domestic violence and sexual assault

Week 11 – Bystander approaches

Video for writing