Domestic and Family Violence

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

  • Learn from leading experts such as Professor Cathy Humphreys with over 30 years’ experience in the field
  • Study the latest evidence-based approaches and prevention initiatives, while gaining unique perspectives from world leading academics and classmates from all over the world
  • Study this 8-week subject entirely online when and wherever you want, without it affecting your existing work.

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Enhance your skills in the area of domestic and family violence to respond to and help prevent current and future violence. Calling on 30 years’ experience as a practitioner, researcher, educator and author, Professor Cathy Humphreys from the University of Melbourne has developed the Domestic and Family Violence subject to provide a focused, wholly online course aimed at providing social workers, counsellors and professionals in related roles with these skills.

Findings in the Violence against women in Australia report by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2017 have highlighted the prevalence of domestic violence throughout the country as an ongoing societal problem. To address this issue, our Domestic and Family Violence unit draws on diverse cultural, structural, relational and individual perspectives and the latest prevention initiatives.

As a student of the Domestic and Family Violence subject, you will learn:

  • about 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 stand-alone subject, but you can also combine it with other related subjects that will broaden your knowledge in the areas of health and community services – study anything from a specialist certificate (two subjects) right up to a master’s degree.

This subject incorporates the latest evidence-based approaches and is taught by academics with decades of experience, who are passionate about addressing domestic abuse. With its 100% online delivery mode, you’ll be able to up skill without disrupting your existing work schedule.

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  • 2018

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