MHP312 Sexual Assault, Family Violence and Associated Trauma (8)

This subject provides students with knowledge and insight into sexual assault, family violence and the resulting associated trauma. It discusses how it impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by sexual assault or family violence and the associated trauma. This subject highlights the links between mental health issues related to trauma, sexual assault and family violence. It covers the prevalence, effects and impact on survivors. Students will develop useful practical skills and knowledge to work more effectively with individuals and communities to respond and to establish safety for those people affected by sexual assault, family violence and resulting trauma. Holistic health encompasses spirituality as well as the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of the individual and community.  This subject has a compulsory Residential School.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP312. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to research, analyse and critically discuss the impact and prevalence of family violence, sexual assault and associated trauma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities;
  • be able to identify issues and barriers to reporting/disclosing sexual assault and family violence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  • be able to critically evaluate strategies for best practice when working in the area of sexual assault, family violence and associated trauma;
  • be able to discuss the principles underpinning effective partnerships with community agencies when planning initiatives to address sexual assault, family violence and associated trauma;
  • be able to respond appropriately and effectively to issues of sexual assault family violence and associated trauma at a beginner practitioner level;
  • be able to apply through research and reflection a knowledge of legal and medical processes, and mandatory reporting requirements; and
  • be able to lead community based education, workshops and provide in partnership mental health services in a professional manner.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1 - Sexual assault
  • Module 2 - Family violence
  • Module 3 - Trauma as a result of issues
  • Module 4 - Issues for the professional
  • Module 5 - Cultural perspectives
  • Module 6 - Prevention, intervention and community development

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.66 day Compulsory Residential School.

 The students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)  Djirruwang Program are supported in their study endeavours through DEEWR funding under Away from Base to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions (30 and 60). The following breakdown covers the number of days per subject per session/year to ensure that students are able to continue to be supported in their academic pursuits under the current funding agreement with the Indigenous Student Services (Ngungilanna).

Third Year
Session One               Session Two
MHP311 - 2 days         MHP311 - 2 days
MHP301 - 2.66 days    MHP301 - 2.66 days
MHP302 - 2.66 days    MHP302 - 2.66 days
MHP312 - 2.66 days    MHP313 - 2.66 days
Total 10 days Total 10 days

Across session 30 and 60 a total of 20 days, this meets the requirements for student support to attend residential schools from ISS.

Special Resources

This subject has a residential school.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.