Domestic and Family Violence

100% online

Become a leader in Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) support

  • Learn from world-leading experts such as Professor Cathy Humphreys, who has over 30 years’ experience in the field
  • Study the latest evidence-based approaches and prevention initiatives
  • Gain unique perspectives from academics and classmates based all over the world
  • Study entirely online, when and wherever you want.

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Domestic and family violence is a profound societal problem in Australia and around the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates 30 per cent of women have experienced intimate partner violence at some point in their lives.

To help tackle this issue, the University of Melbourne's Domestic and Family Violence course draws on diverse cultural, structural, relational and individual perspectives, and examines the latest prevention initiatives.

Developed by Professor Cathy Humphreys, who has 30 years of experience as a practitioner, researcher, educator and author, the course incorporates the latest evidence-based approaches to intervention.

Delivered wholly online, this course aims to provide social workers, counsellors and professionals in related roles with the skills to help effectively respond to and prevent violence.

As a student, you will learn:

  • What informs the response to domestic and family violence (DFV)
  • To identify the principles which inform intervention in the perpetration of DFV
  • To understand the impact of DFV on children and the points for intervention.

You can take Domestic and Family Violence as a single, stand-alone subject, or combine it with other related subjects to broaden your knowledge in the areas of health and community services. You can study anything from a specialist certificate (two subjects), right up to a masters degree.

This course's 100% online delivery mode enables you to up-skill without disrupting your existing work schedule.

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