St Mary’s University, Twickenham (SMU) has launched a new master’s programme in Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Sexual Violence: Trauma Informed Practice.
The course will build trauma-informed understanding of how to identify, respond to, and address domestic abuse, stalking and sexual violence. Teaching will focus on victims, survivors, and the staff that work with them, addressing a gap within frontline service education.
Students can apply now to enrol onto the MA, starting in September 2024, with the option to study full or part-time.
The programme will partly be delivered by experts working in frontline services and the Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery, Exploitation and Abuse. The course will also draw on expertise from four leading charities and support services in the domestic abuse and stalking sector:
- Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service
- The Cyber Helpline
- London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames: One Stop Shop service
- Alice Ruggles Trust.
This degree is one of few worldwide to include a CPD certified stalking advocacy course, giving students the opportunity to take the Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworkers (ISAC) training once they have completed the programme.
Speaking on the launch, course lead Dr Maria Mellins said, “We are looking forward to the launch of our new master’s degree that offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge in trauma informed practice to support victims and survivors of abuse.
“The programme will be of particular interest to students who are already working in, or wish to pursue careers in, the voluntary sector, public sector, law and human rights, campaigning and media, and the third sector, with a focus on domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, and other forms of exploitation.
“This degree is intended to focus on different approaches to support victims and survivors of abuse, as well as the professionals that work with them, leading to better outcomes and a more resilient, trauma-informed, and sustainable sector. We feel very fortunate to be partnered with industry leaders on delivering this programme."
An online webinar introducing the programme will take place on Wednesday 24th January, at 2pm and 6pm. Places on this webinar can be booked now (please select Law and Society in the Subject Area field).
Find out more about the Domestic Abuse MA degree and apply today.