Family Violence Prevention - A4005

Family Violence Prevention

Graduate certificate

Globally and nationally, family violence prevention is recognised as a critical area for social change and transformation. There is increasing recognition among local and international governments and other bodies of the need for high level skills in family violence prevention to address this global social problem and achieve sustained change.

The course is 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. The knowledge and skills you will gain are transferable across a wide range of professions and occupations where workers encounter domestic and family violence issues.

Designed to deliver specialised expertise in the area, this course draws on long-established deep relationships between Monash researchers, government, and a range of key professional organisations and non-government actors in the fields of family violence prevention, health, and law.

Through a multi-faceted approach including problem-solving, peer and team learning and blended learning platforms, you will develop an understanding of critical and theoretical debates focused on patterns of gendered violence. You’ll gain an understanding of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of gendered violence and develop dynamic skills applicable to a wide range of workforces and contexts.

Critical units focus on understanding the social underpinnings of family violence and criminal justice responses, as well as the role of health systems in the prevention of family violence.

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate you may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Diploma of Family Violence Prevention.

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Course Details

  • Multi-modal at Clayton: Part time
  • Off-campus: Part time
  • 1 year (part time)
Start date
First Semester (March), Second Semester (June)
Graduate Certificate of Family Violence Prevention
Course Handbook

Industry advantage

In this gender studies Graduate Certificate course, you'll be taught by leading experts and hear from some of the best industry connections in the field. Graduate with the insights and connections to take the next step in your career.

Learn from the best

Professor JaneMaree Maher, Program Director and Professor in the Centre for Women's Studies and Gender Research, is a world-respected academic making a real difference in two key areas of gendered social sciences: women's work and family, and gendered violences.

Be part of the change

Our researchers create real change. Learn about how JaneMaree Maher, Professor of Sociology, is working to increase the safety of women in our community.

Study options to suit your life

Whether you're working full-time or live outside of Melbourne, flexible options allow you to fit studies into your schedule and apply new knowledge in the workplace as you complete each unit.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian bachelor degree with at least 50% average (or equivalent), or a minimum of three years work experience in a relevant field*.

*Applicants are required to provide a Curriculum Vitae and a reference from their employer.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Students complete the following core units which provide knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required of skilled practitioners working in a range of fields addressing family violence prevention. Optional synchronous online workshops will be delivered during each of these units. Dates may be subject to change.

Students complete the following core units, which provide knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required of skilled practitioners working in a range of fields addressing family violence prevention.

Gender and family violence (APG4223): taken between Jan - Feb.

Gender, family violence and criminal justice responses (APG4224): taken between May-June.

Health and family violence (APG5076): taken in July.

Using data to understand family violence (APG5075): taken between August-September.

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Making the application

Future students

Summer B

Closing date 31st Dec for enrolment in APG4223

Semester 1

Closing date 25th Feb for enrolment in APG4224

Semester 2

Closing date 15th June for enrolment in APG5075 and APG5076

Apply directly to Monash using course code A4005


Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Total fee for this 24 credit point (6 month full-time) course.


The equivalent fee for a 48 credit point (12 month full-time) course would be A$26,700

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.