Using data to understand family violence - PDA1005

The Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre offers a series of family violence prevention education initiatives, including Professional Development Courses.

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.

Using data to understand family violence

In this unit, students will engage with key state and national data sources that document incidents of family violence. Students will use information contained within these data sources to develop relevant knowledge about the health and broader societal impacts of family violence. Through this exercise, students will be introduced to new knowledge about the long-term effects of violence within families. Drawing from this knowledge, they will develop a research report supported by the Unit Coordinator, with input from other staff as appropriate.

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  • Public health approaches to the examination of family violence.
  • State and national data sources on family violence.
  • Identifying the complexities in family violence data collection, management, and reporting.
  • Using data on family violence incidents for prevention-focused research.
  • Using research findings on family violence to inform policy and programs to reduce the incidence of family violence at a population level.


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


  • Standalone Professional development course