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


* 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 Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science- Mental Health



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; and
  • be able to respond appropriately and effectively to issues of sexual assault, family violence and associated trauma at a beginner practitioner level.


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; and
  • Module 6: Prevention, intervention and community development.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MHP312 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Compulsory residential school attendance
Essay - trauma and resilience
Swot analysis
Stress diary/journal

Residential School

This subject contains a 1.4 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school is compulsory as it forms a significant component of the teaching strategy in this subject. Further details about the residential school will be provided by your Subject Coordinator. Students will attend a total of 20 days at residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects in the course.

Students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) - Djirruwang Program may be eligible for federal government funding to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions which meets the requirements for support from Indigenous Student Services.

Special Resources

Students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects throughout the course.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.