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Violence Against Women: Issues, Research and Policy (short course)

Why study this course?

If you work in specialised services for women and children who have experienced violence, then this course is for you. It is aimed at those working as policy makers or delivering services at local, regional or national levels, or who are intending to establish careers in these sectors.

This course, delivered by specialist lecturers, provides a comprehensive introduction to theory, research, policy and practice. On completion, it can serve as a stepping stone to a postgraduate qualification.

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This course will introduce you to research on multiple forms of violence. It will cover different types of violence against women and the prevalence and consequences of these. This will include research on intimate partner violence, rape and sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation (FGM) and crimes in the name of honour. The course will address explanatory frameworks and perspectives, including human rights, and critically assess current policy approaches.


Assessment is through coursework, which will consist of a 500 to 750-word briefing for policy makers and a 3,500 to 4,000-word essay. The assessment is not compulsory if you are taking the course as a short course. The assessment is necessary, however, to achieve 30 credits as part of the Woman and Child Abuse MA.

There are no entry requirements for this course which is also taught at postgraduate level as part of London Met's Woman and Child Abuse MA.

Our courses are aimed at professionals currently working in the statutory or voluntary sector who wish to:

  • conduct internal evaluation, monitoring and small-scale research projects
  • develop and extend specialist services dealing with child and/or woman abuse
  • undertake policy development at a local, regional or national level where you have responsibility for delivering support and advocacy services, coordinating multi-agency forums and/or improving the response of the criminal justice and/or health sectors
  • deliver government and/or agency policy commitments with respect to safeguarding children, addressing domestic violence, rape, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, sexual exploitation and other forms of violence against women

This course will be delivered over six days from 10am to 4.30pm. Three blocks of two days will be spread over 11 weeks. A structured programme of formal lectures, exercises and small group discussions will provide the framework for teaching and learning. 

By the end of this course, you will be able to critically assess explanatory frameworks and contemporary policy. During the first three days of the course, you'll focus on critical analysis of theories, definitions and research methods, including a historical overview. More detailed attention will then be paid to:

  • intimate partner violence 
  • rape and sexual assault 
  • harmful traditional practices, eg female genital mutilation and honour crimes
  • sexual exploitation including the sex industry, prostitution and trafficking

"The course exceeded my original hopes and expectations. The knowledge of the staff within the unit was not only academic but was also informed by frontline work in the violence against women sector. This experience gave a depth and a passion to the lectures and course materials."

"The course has been rigorous and thorough and very enlightening. It strengthened my academic reading and writing, and vastly improved my knowledge of the subject. The quality of the teaching is excellent."

"It has really shaped my way of working and given me so much important knowledge and awareness, and a conviction that we can all make a difference."

Former students have gone on to:

  • work in specialist support services for women and children who have experienced violence
  • jobs in research on women, children and violence against women
  • work in social care settings, ie mental health and social work
  • lead on policy on violence against women and/or child abuse
  • set up non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in their country of origin to support women's rights
  • undertake PhDs

The course runs in blocks of two days across 11 weeks. The next course will take place on 6 and 7 October, and 3, 4, 16 and 17 November.

For more information on course content please contact the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit on +44 (0)20 7133 5014.

How to apply

Payment for the course can be made online here.

To apply please download the ‌ and return it with a passport-sized photograph and a scan/photocopy of your passport to email 

For an informal discussion with the course leader please call Dr Madeleine Coy on +44 (0)20 7133 5137.

When to apply

There is no official closing date for this course, but we recommend that you apply early to avoid disappointment. 

Fees and key information

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