Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Domestic Abuse

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Domestic Abuse

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) year ending March 2020, an estimated 5.5% of adults aged 16 to 74 years (2.3 million people) experienced domestic abuse in the last year. The total number of offences flagged as domestic abuse-related increased during the lockdown period, continuing long-term gradual increases observed in recent years. You will learn about the different types of abuse, how to recognise these and how to report along with the policies and legislation.


This qualification is designed to increase learners’ awareness and understanding of domestic abuse and its impact.

The need for education and training across sectors to enable identification of abuse, allocation of support and referral is a recurring theme within regional domestic abuse strategies.

Awareness of domestic abuse and its impact is important for those working in a wide range of sectors such as healthcare, social care, childcare, education, and housing. There is a need to understand the issues, report on those who may be at risk and support signposting to relevant services.

The course also covers:

  • What is meant by ‘domestic abuse’ and the different types.
  • How the national policy and strategy on domestic abuse has changed over time.
  • How public awareness of domestic abuse have changed over time.
  • Identify actions and behaviours that may be signs of digital domestic abuse.
  • How the attitudes and behaviour of others may impact on a child affected by domestic abuse in both short- term and long-term.
  • Describe ways to access support in situations that are outside of own expertise, experience, role, and responsibility.
  • Describe ways that multi-agency partnerships can support those experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Describe the mandatory referral process for perpetrators of domestic abuse to specialist support services.