Gender and family violence - PDA1003

In this short course, students will examine key patterns of gendered violence and the policies, programs and organisations designed to respond to and prevent such violence. Students will identify a specific area for sustained investigation. Focused on this area, students will undertake a targeted review of the relevant academic literature and complete an independent research exercise.

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, School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Department of Forensic Medicine) ; the Monash Accident Research Centre; and Law.



Aims of the course

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. analyse and explain the policies, programs and organisations designed to respond to and prevent gendered violence;
  2. engage with a variety of critical and theoretical debates focused on patterns of gendered violence;
  3. identify and critically evaluate the extant literature about this issue;
  4. differentiate and appraise a range of methodological approaches that have been used to investigate patterns of gender violence;
  5. communicate in both oral and written formats about this issue;

Topics covered

  • Key patterns of gendered violence
  • Organisations designed to respond to and prevent gendered violence
  • Review of targeted academic literature


Your presenter will identify a variety of practical tasks during the course


A Certificate of Completion will be awarded.

JaneMaree Maher is Professor in the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender  Research and the Co-director of Monash Arts Faculty Gender and Family  Violence Prevention Centre.JaneMaree’s research is focused in two key areas  of gendered social science: women’s work and family, and gendered violences and critically examine the interactions of families and societies, with an  emphasis on how neo-liberal discourses of health and consumption impact on family relationships.