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Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

City Colleges’ Professional Diploma
  • Explore domestic abuse and sexual violence within the context of social, psychological, political, vocational and legal based theories
  • Study at your own pace, with learners having up to 16 weeks to complete the programme
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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 Professional Diploma in Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence 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.) Pg Dip Crim. (Cantab.) Doctoratus/Magister in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) (TCD) MPhil (Theo. TCD) MA (Laws) Pg Dip Law, Dip LS, LL.B.(UWE) BA (UCD) CCTP (TCD) C.HEd. (Oxon.)

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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