Graduate Certificate of Family Violence Prevention - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty



Professor JaneMaree Maher

Admission and fees


Course type

Graduate certificate

Standard duration

1 year PT

You have a maximum of 3 years to complete this course.

Mode and location

Multi-modal (Clayton)


Graduate Certificate of Family Violence Prevention


This course will provide you with the opportunity to deepen your skills and understanding of key social frameworks underpinning domestic and family violence. The course will build skills in a range of practice areas reflected in course electives covering child safety, men's behaviour change, health impacts of family violence, family violence in the criminal justice system and working with victims and survivors.

The course is designed to deliver specialised expertise in the area of family violence prevention. The course objectives focus on the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required of skilled practitioners working in a range of fields where family violence prevention is or will be occurring, and are transferable across a wide range of professions and occupations where workers encounter domestic and family violence issues. It aims to develop skills for professionals to respond critically to the current and future needs of their industry, and who are effective - lifelong learners who can realise and capitalise on opportunities afforded by emerging research and prevention initiatives relating to family violence work.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes.

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. identify and explain the social underpinnings of family violence, current criminal justice responses, and the gendered frameworks critical for family violence prevention and social transformation
  2. access, critically appraise and integrate knowledge about family violence responses and prevention in a wide range of social, cultural, occupational and institutional contexts and demonstrate autonomy, insight and interpretative capacity about the applicability of such knowledges across all relevant domains;
  3. apply research skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise information, problems, concepts and theories related to specific areas of family violence responses and prevention
  4. identify, recommend and source or provide critical information about preventative programs and social transformation advice within a range of industries and workplaces
  5. apply critical and creative skills to respond to family violence prevention challenges with recognition of the specific and local dimensions and the need for engaged and responsible action across the whole of society.


Students complete four core units which provide knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required of skilled practitioners working in a range of fields addressing family violence prevention.


You must complete the following units (24 points):

  • APG4223 Gender, violence and society: Understanding social patterns
  • APG4224Not offered in 2019 Gender, violence and society: Criminal justice responses
  • APG5075 Using data to understand family violence
  • APG5076 Health and family violence

Progression to further studies

Successful completion of this may provide a pathway to the Graduate Diploma of Family Violence Prevention, and if admitted you may be eligible for credit.