Graduate education

The Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre offers a series of family violence prevention education initiatives, including:

  • Professional Development Courses
  • Graduate Certificate of Family Violence Prevention and Graduate Diploma of Family Violence Prevention
  • PhD (Arts); Master of Arts; Honours (Arts)

Our suite of new units and courses will suit professionals, graduate students or advanced undergraduate students, and aim to develop skills to help you respond critically to the current and future needs of your industry.

You will engage with the continuum of family violence prevention: primary prevention (preventing violence before it occurs), secondary prevention (early intervention to stop recurring violence), and tertiary intervention and response (to prevent long-term harm from violence).

We draw on the extensive expertise in family violence prevention of researchers across Monash from Arts (Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre), Medicine, Nursing and Health Science (Women's Mental Health Clinic and School of Primary and Allied Health Care) ; the Monash Accident Research Centre; and Law.

View the 2020 unit offering and course schedule here

Professional Development Courses

Family Violence Prevention Units can be taken individually as short courses, with the exception of the Family Violence Prevention Practicum (only available as part of the Graduate Diploma).

These units can taken on their own or be used as a pathway with credit towards the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma.

For enquiries and enrolments for Professional Development Courses please contact

See also: Terms and conditions

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Graduate Certificate; Graduate Diploma

These courses are designed to support social transformation for a violence free future, and will build your skills in a range of practice areas including child safety, men's behaviour change, health impacts of family violence, family violence in the criminal justice system and working with victims and survivors.

For more information about available units and enrolments see the course descriptions:

PhD (Arts); Master of Arts; Honours (Arts)

The Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre supervises a number of PhD, Masters and Honours projects. See Key researchers for indicative topics Centre members supervise.

For more information on Higher Degree by Research offerings, please contact Professor JaneMaree Maher or Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon.

Translation and Interpreting Studies Short Courses

These short courses are intended for interpreters who have commenced working or who plan to work in settings involving cases of family violence. There are two levels available:

These professional development short courses are run with the support of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, State Government of Victoria.

For more information and enquiries about the translation and interpreting studies short courses, please email or call: (03) 9905 2123.