Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence

About the Qualifications

This handbook relates to the following qualifications:

SFJ Awards Level 2 Award in Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence
SFJ Awards Level 3 Award in Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence

The qualifications have been designed for front-line, ‘core’ domestic violence practitioners as well as those in the ‘wider workforce’ who are likely to come into contact with survivors of domestic violence as a consequence of their work.

Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour designed to establish power and control. It is perpetrated by one adult over another adult who is, or who may have been, an intimate partner or family member. It can take many forms, including those of psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.

As a consequence, these qualifications have been developed so that practitioners are able to respond professionally to domestic violence in all of its forms, including sexual violence which is often not addressed in this context.

The overall aims and objectives of the qualifications are that these will:

  1. Be fit for purpose for core practitioners, whilst also being appropriate and available to other practitioners involved in responding to domestic violence in all of its forms, including associated sexual abuse
  2. Address the knowledge and skills requirements of volunteers, part-time and full-time workers on the ‘front-line’
  3. Address the needs of the wider workforce, i.e. those for whom working with the survivors of domestic violence is not their mainstream activity, but who need to be alert to domestic violence, including associated sexual abuse, and be able to take appropriate action.

Pre-entry Requirements

There are no pre-entry requirements for enrolling to complete these qualifications.

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Qualification Withdrawal

The SFJ Awards Level 2 Award in Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence is being withdrawn.  The last date for learner registrations is 31 March 2018 and all certifications must be completed by 31 March 2019.

If you are interested in these qualifications please contact the team on 0114 284 1970 or at