Assessment 1: Portfolio
Portfolio activities consist of different types of learning and assessment. They provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate a range of different skills, including different ways of researching, compiling and presenting information and acquired knowledge. The portfolio for DFVP20001 consists of two activities, which are submitted to be separately by 11:45pm on Friday of weeks 5 and 9 respectively. Each activity weighs 25% of the unit total. Submissions are staggered across Term 1 to enable you to obtain feedback on your progress throughout the unit.
Portfolio activities allow you to explore the research, relevant policy documents and practice guidelines underpinning the unit and link it to DFV-related practice. You will be required to write for a variety of audiences and purposes across the different assessment pieces in this unit.
Read each portfolio activity carefully and be aware of its specific requirements in terms of length, format, structure, required referencing, intended audience and purpose. All assessment-related information is also made available on the unit Moodle site under the ‘ASSESSMENT’ block. You will also find a link to a monitored discussion board specifically designed for questions relating to each assessment item on the unit Moodle site. You are encouraged to monitor the unit Moodle site and your student emails for assessment-related information.
Portfolio Activity 1
1,000 words (+/- 10%); worth 25% of your overall assessment.
Due by 11:45pm Friday of week 5 (07/04/2017)
For this portfolio activity, you will need to identify and unpack the key features of intersectionality theory as it relates to victims’ experiences of domestic and family violence and service delivery in this area. The following questions should guide your assignment:
What are the key features and origins of intersectionality theory in relation to domestic and family violence?
How does the theory of intersectionality apply to domestic and family violence? You may wish to use a specific population to illustrate your understanding of intersectionality theory and its relevance to experiences of domestic and family violence (e.g. women of colour, women in same-sex relationships, women with disabilities) as well as relevant service delivery.
While the above questions should guide your literature review and presentation of findings, the assignment should be presented as a question-answer style. You should provide a brief introduction to the topic, a discussion of the theory’s relevance to understanding domestic and family violence and relevant service delivery and a conclusion that wraps up your key points.
You should review and analysis national and international theoretical and empirical evidence to address where the theory’s origins are situated more broadly as well as how the theory relates to some victims’ experiences in the Australian context. A minimum of five academic references are required for this assessment piece. In addition, you may draw on grey literature, Australian statistics or relevant practice-related websites.
Portfolio Activity 2
750 words (+/- 10%) plus slide specific bullet points (Power Point Presentation); worth 25% of your overall assessment.
Due by 11:45pm Friday of week 9 (12/05/2017)
Domestic and family violence covers a range of different types of abuse and relationships, including intimate partner violence, elder abuse and violence between other adult family members (often referred to as family violence more broadly). You have been invited to speak at a community engagement forum. Select one of these types of violence and develop a Power Point Presentation to highlight the following aspects of it for a community audience.
For your chosen topic, you should:
Provide a definition of your chosen type of abuse and relationship (e.g. elder abuse, intimate partner violence, family violence).
Outline what your State legislation (e.g. Queensland Domestic Violence Protection Act 2012) has to say about this type of abuse (e.g. how is it defined, are there any limitations as to who is covered under the relevant legislation, what types of abuse are covered under the relevant legislation).
Critically examine and discuss the data challenges associated with identifying prevalence rates for your chosen type of abuse (i.e. where can we obtain information about prevalence rates, what type of data sources are available, what are their benefits and limitations in relation to identifying prevalence rates for your chosen type of abuse and relationship?).
Articulate the nature and extent of the impact this type of abuse can have on its victims (e.g. how does it affect short- and long-term social, emotional, physical or economic wellbeing?) through the illustration of one short-term and one long-term impact. Here you will need to identify one short-term impact (e.g. physical wellbeing, safety of children) and one long-term impact (e.g. psychological wellbeing, financial stability).
Tips for assessment
You may find the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2013) publication Defining the data challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence useful.
You need to refer to your State/ Territory legislation for protection from Domestic and Family Violence.
You must source at least five additional references to support your definition and your discussion of the impacts of your chosen type of abuse on its victims. These can include academic references, grey literature and relevant websites (e.g. government and NGO websites).
Your presentation should be between six and eight slides in length (not including your cover slide).
Each slide should contain succinct bullet points (no more than six per slide; please remember to keep bullet points short); bullet points do not count towards your word limit of 750 words (+/-10%).
Your notes should form the “script” of your presentation (approximately 100 words per slide so the reader understands your key messages). Your notes should be inserted in the relevant section under each slide in PowerPoint to make it easy for a reader to connect your notes to the relevant slide content. You may wish to use some images or other links to bring your presentation to life.
Your presentation should be composed in a style appropriate for your community audience. Remember, their knowledge of domestic and family violence could vary. You should therefore provide an introduction and overview of the topic that does not require expert background knowledge.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). (2013). Defining the data challenge for family, domestic and sexual violence. (Cat. No. 4529.0). Canberra: ABS.
Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 2012 (Qld).