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Explore domestic abuse and sexual violence within the context of social, psychological, political, vocational and legal based theories

Professional Diploma in Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

  • Professional Diploma in Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Police)
  • Professional Diploma in Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Prison)
  • Professional Diploma in Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (NGO)
  • Professional Diploma in Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Legal)
  • Delivered in Classroom or Online
  • Choose to study at your own pace or with our timetabled classes
  • Choose to sign up with a deposit on our Instalment Plan options

Prices Starting At €995


Study in a classroom environment one evening a week.

  • City Centre Location
  • Fully Interactive Limited Class Size
  • 10 Weeks, 1 evening per week
  • Starts Wednesday 27th September
  • 6.30 to 9.30pm

Instalment Price: €1,195

Pay in Full: €1,095

Live Online

Live online training with instructor-student interaction.

  • Live classes; fully online
  • Archived for review
  • 10 Weeks, 1 evening per week
  • Starts Wednesday 27th September
  • 6.30 to 9.30pm

Instalment Price: €1,095

Pay in Full: €995

The new Professional Diploma in Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse offered at City Colleges, examines the impact of being sexual and/or violently abused in or outside the home and the personality and social dynamics of those perpetrating such abuse.

The programme will consider the theoretical perspectives surrounding such abusiveness and its impact in different national/international, cultural and social contexts. Led by Dean of the College of Criminology & Policing Studies John Deane-O’Keeffe, the multi-disciplinary lecturing panel is drawn from a wide variety of well-known non-governmental and voluntary organisations, eminent academics, and expert practitioner specialists in the field of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The learning will be underpinned by a unique coming together of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural and applied social theories to examine the impact of being abusive or of being abused. The programme focuses on a ‘coal-face’ and real-world approach from these perspectives, and will consider abusiveness and its impact in Ireland and in other cultural and social contexts from childhood to older age. 

This course is offered from our Dublin City Centre location (South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2) and online nationwide.

This Diploma is pending approval for CPD credits for members of the Psychology Society of Ireland.

The aims of the Professional Diploma in Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse are to:

  • Provide students/learners with a critical foundation in, and understanding and comprehension of, the principles; concepts; theories; applications and contexts of domestic violence and sexual abuse and the relationship between these subjects and respective discipline areas.
  • Support student/learners in developing a critical set of perspectives with which they may analyse, evaluate, and demonstrate a critical understanding of the differing perspectives of physical, sexual and domestic violence both in and outside the home and the relationship between these.
  • Provide students/learners with a clear and current body of relevant and current knowledge; information, terminology and definitions; academic and practical sources and case studies; and examples of evidence, in order that they may develop their skills and their use and application of these in the field areas of domestic and/or sexual violence and related academic and/or career and/or professional practice.
  • Provide students/learners with a variety of transferable skills to support participants in the practical application of these in clinical, educational, criminal justice, related professional areas, and personal contexts where this may be appropriate given the level of training, experience and qualifications of the student.
  1. Domestic abuse and sexual violence in an Irish social and historical context
  2. The psychological template of the abused and abuser
  3. Domestic abuse and coercive control– The Law
  4. Sexual offences in Ireland – The Law
  5. Men and women as abused and abuser – gender based violence
  6. An Garda Síochána, the criminal justice system and domestic abuse
  7. Domestic violence in Ireland – a view from the frontline
  8. Sexual violence in Ireland – clinical perspectives
  9. It’s over. Or is it? Stalking, harassment and violence in the post-relationship environment.
  10. Procedures, policies & prospects: Managing domestic violence, sexual abuse and coercive control in an improved society.

A pass grade on the written project or assignment will be required for awarding the Diploma.

Students are assessed by way of a terminal 2,500-word project or assignment (student choice]

John Deane-O’Keeffe FRSA, MRHistS, LLMin.

M.St. (Cantab.) PgDipCrim. (Cantab.) Magister in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) (TCD) MA (Laws) PgDipLaw, DipLS, LL.B., BA (UCD) C.CTP (TCD) C.HEd (Oxon.)

John Deane-O’Keeffe is a Forensic Criminologist, Lecturer in Criminal Law, Minister and Theologian. He is also a Journalist and Radio Broadcaster.

John is Dean, Faculty of Criminology & Policing Studies at City Colleges, Dublin where he is also lectures in Criminal Law on the FE1 programme. He was also a Magistrate in England where he sat on the Northumbrian Bench and is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at St Mark & St John University, Plymouth. Additionally, he is a Tutor in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, where he lectures on a range of courses across forensic criminology & theology.

John is formerly Adjunct Faculty at Trinity College Dublin where he was Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology. He also spent a decade as Head of the Law School at Dublin Business School and was Communications Director and Editor of the Garda Review at the Garda Representative Association. John also worked for many years in the City of London as a Banker in UBS where he was an Associate Director in the Risk Management Division before holding the position of Assistant Director in the Legal Department (Debt & Derivatives) at Investment Bank, ING Barings.

John has undertaken undergraduate studies in History, Law and Theology at UCD, TCD, Bristol and the University of Oxford and holds post graduate degrees in Forensic Criminology and Law from TCD, London Met and the University of Cambridge. He has held and holds a number of visiting posts in UK Universities and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Royal Historical Society and works as a Lay Minister in the Church of Ireland. John has a special interest in history and theology and the intersection of these two disciplines with all aspects of the criminal justice system.

Course Award

A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

Corporate Training

In addition to our scheduled Professional Diploma courses, City Colleges can provide bespoke training over 3 – 4 days, please contact for further details.

Learning Outcomes

  • Increase students’ knowledge and understanding of domestic and gender based violence, sexual abuse and coercive control and the implications for social policy and society.
  • Strengthen students’ understanding of the main approaches and debates on domestic violence and sexual abuse within the Irish and international context.
  • Enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the research, policy and practice on such abuse and violence.
  • Amplify students’ knowledge and understanding of key theoretical frameworks on domestic abuse and sexual violence.
  • Enhance students’ abilities to critically analyse the key theories and ability to critically analyse relevant policies/policy documents as they relate to domestic and gender based violence and sexual abuse.

Criminology and Forensic Psychology Information Evening

Exploring the Myths

John Deane-O’Keefe FRSA, MRHistS
Criminologist & Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Further Information

Please call the College on +353 1 416 0034 or email

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