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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Provide support to victims of domestic violence 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119732  Provide support to victims of domestic violence 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Victim Empowerment 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies People/Human-Centred Development 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will enable learners to acquire a thorough understanding of domestic violence in the South African context with reference to the nature, types and impact of domestic violence. The purpose of this unit standard is to orientate learners to the range of early interventions and support that will be accessed by victims of domestic violence. Learners will be able to apply relevant legislation as prescribed by international instruments and policies. A brief understanding of strategies aimed at perpetrators of domestic violence will be demonstrated.

A learner accredited with this unit standard will be capable of:
  • Understanding the social context within which domestic violence occurs in South Africa
  • Applying relevant legislation and policies in respect of domestic violence
  • Providing support services to victims of domestic violence
  • Understanding programmes aimed at perpetrators of domestic violence 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that a learner will be competent in:
  • Communication at NQF level 2 or equivalent
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF level 2 or equivalent 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • Range of legislation and policies include, but are not limited to: Domestic Violence Act, United Nations declaration of basic principles for victims of crime, Abuse of Power, South African Constitution, Bill of Rights, South African Victims' Charter, CEDAW (Commission on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women) etc.

    Range of agencies include, but is not limited to: State and Community agencies. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Understand the social context within which domestic violence occurs in South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The socio-historical context of violence in South Africa is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The nature and extent of domestic violence in South Africa is described in relation to the cycles of violence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The link between HIV/AIDS and domestic violence in relation to South African communities is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The impact of domestic violence on the individual, family and society is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Public stereotypes, beliefs and attitudinal responses to victims of domestic violence is explained using case studies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention programmes are described in relation to specific cases. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply relevant legislation and policies in respect of domestic violence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relevant legislation and policies applicable to domestic violence are identified and briefly described in the context of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The term domestic violence is defined and the types of domestic abuse are described according to the Domestic Violence Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The rights and responsibilities of victims are explained in accordance with relevant legislation and policies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Relevant procedures to be followed in seeking redress for victims of domestic violence are explained in accordance with the Domestic Violence Act and Criminal Procedures Act. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legislation and policies include, but are not limited to: Domestic Violence Act,United Nations declaration of basic principles for victims of crime, Abuse of Power, South African Constitution, Bill of Rights, South African Victims' Charter, CEDAW - Commission on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The strengths and weaknesses of current legislation in providing assistance to victims of domestic violence are described with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Provide support services to victims of domestic violence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Appropriate support required by victims of domestic violence is described in accordance with the South African Victims' Charter. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The barriers that particularly exist for male victims in relation to domestic violence is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information about relevant services available from a range of related agencies is explained in accordance with the South African Victims' Charter. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Range of agencies include, but is not limited to: State and Community agencies.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information about relevant police and court procedures in relation to domestic violence is described in accordance with the South African Victims' Charter, Domestic Violence Act and Criminal Procedures Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral referral mechanisms and procedures are identified and explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Further support needs and potential risks of victims' personal safety and health are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Understand programmes aimed at perpetrators of domestic violence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Goals and objectives for working with perpetrators of domestic violence are explained according to organisational policies and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Characteristics and profiles of perpetrators are described with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Types of programmes and services available for perpetrators are identified and briefly described in terms of their focus and objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The relevant legislation and conditions governing referrals to programmes for perpetrators of domestic violence is briefly explained according to the Domestic Violence Act. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard and the related Exit Level Outcomes of the Qualification must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in this Unit Standard as well as the integrated competence described in the Exit Level Outcome of the Qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Domestic Violence Act
  • The Service Charter for Victims of Crime (2004)
  • Integrated Victim Empowerment Policy
  • South African Constitution and Bill of Rights
  • Criminal Procedures Act
  • CEDAW-United Nations commission on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women
  • Duluth Model: Domestic Violence interventions-Working with Perpetrators 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation and community to assist victims of domestic violence. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and evaluating information about victims of domestic violence to ensure that the correct policies and procedures are followed in support of such victims. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Using oral and written forms of Communication effectively to persuade all role-players to collaborate in seeking redress for victims of domestic violence. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts for victims of domestic violence requires multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral co-ordination. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local communities by supporting and assisting victims of domestic violence. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Assessors must be registered as assessors with a relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessors must be in possession of a Qualification in Victim Empowerment or a related sub-field of Human and Social Studies at a minimum of NQF level 4. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49688   National Certificate: Victim Empowerment  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  66749   National Certificate: Community Development  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Elective  49256   Further Education and Training Certificate: Counselling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Childline South Africa 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.