Health and family violence - PDA1006

This short course will enable students to examine key aspects of health systems and their responses to gendered family violence, with attention to relevant knowledge about the consequent health impacts. Focusing on this issue, students will engage with new knowledge about the long-term effects of violence within families.

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.



Topics covered

  • Key aspects of health systems and their responses to gendered family violence
  • The long term effects of violence within families


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


A Certificate of Completion will be awarded.

Dr Naomi Pfitzner is a research fellow with the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre. She completed her PhD at Melbourne University in 2016 and teaches in criminology and public policy. Her research focuses on family violence prevention and response.