Court Interpreting in Family Violence Matters (MCV) - PDA1027

Court Interpreting in Family Violence Matters

Professional development short course

This online PD course, designed by Monash translation and interpreting specialists Dr Shani Tobias and Dr Jim Hlavac, equips interpreters with the specialist knowledge and skills required to work in family violence court settings. Course participants will examine relevant concepts, processes, terminology and best practice for interpreting in these settings. The training will consist of two parts:  self-directed learning activities followed by a live online workshop.

Family violence court settings are complex, and often involve confronting and sensitive subject matter. It is recommended that interpreters who work in these settings undertake specialised training to ensure that they have the required knowledge and skills. In this course, you will examine the definition and dynamics of family violence, and learn about family violence intervention orders, legal terminology relevant to this field, and ethical considerations.

Whether you have interpreted in court for family violence matters before, or you are completely new to this area, the course will help you build the confidence to interpret effectively in these settings.

As this course content is specific to the Victorian legal system, it is for Victoria-based interpreters only. 
If you are outside Victoria and would like to register please email

If you have previously completed our Court Interpreting PD course, please email for a 50% discount

The self-directed learning materials include videos (such as a simulated court hearing and interviews with professionals who work in family violence courts), as well as plenty of practical tips about interpreting best practice. You will complete activities based on the materials, including quizzes, an online discussion forum with your peers, and you will be guided to create a glossary of relevant terminology, which you may continue to build on after completion of the course.

In the Zoom workshop, you will examine ethical considerations when interpreting in family violence court settings. You will also have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt in a practical interpreting exercise and participate in a Q&A session with a professional interpreter.

Successful participants are able to claim 20 PD points towards NAATI recertification.

A Certificate of Completion will be issued to those that meet the requirements of the course.

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Choose from

  • 18 Sept - 2 October
  • 6-20 November
  • 12-26 February 2022
  • Length

    2 Weeks
    (3 hours self-directed learning & 2 hour online workshop)





    $90 (10% discount for AUSIT, ASLIA, Professionals Australia members)

    $50 (50% discount for previously completing Monash's Court Interpreting PD course)


    To equip interpreters with the specialist knowledge and skills required to work in family violence court settings

    Topics covered:

    The definition of family violence, family violence intervention orders (participants and process), legal terminology, ethical considerations and best practice when interpreting in family violence court settings.


    You will be presented with a variety of practical online tasks during the course.


    Upon successful completion of the course, a Certificate of Completion will be awarded and participants will be eligible for 20 PD points towards recertification (Section 1.3 or 1.4 of NAATI Recertification PD Catalogue).


    Choose one of the following options

    • 18 September-2 October 2021, online workshop on Sat 2 October, 10:00am-12:00pm
    • 4-18 November 2021, online workshop on Thu 18 November, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    • 10-24 February 2022, online workshop on Thu 24 February, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Each course contains approx. 3 hours of self-directed learning activities and a 2-hour Zoom workshop.
    Activities can be completed at students' own pace. Students will have two weeks to complete the course.

    • "This course has enhanced my knowledge and skills in court interpreting in family violence and has definitely given me more confidence to take up more court jobs." - Pranita Rai Pant, Nepali/English interpreter 
    • “Monash courses are always convenient to me, as they are very practical & beneficial. They discuss matters in a real way, dealing with issues as they are in real life. The exercises and videos are really beneficial. It's the most enjoyable course I’ve ever done.” - Hanan El Haddad, Arabic/English interpreter
    • "This course has given me some key and relevant information and insights in the family violence interpreting matters. It is a very detailed, practical and useful workshop where all we need to know is well explained." - Maria Teresa Grippo, Italian/English interpreter