Family Violence Prevention - A5005

Family Violence Prevention

Graduate diploma

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. You will have the opportunity to apply your skills via professional practice and practicum units. 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, organizational placements, 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. Later units address real world learning opportunities, focusing on skills and competencies required in particular domains of family violence prevention work such as law and primary medical responses to family violence.

The course concludes with a placement unit/practicum which will offer exposure to family violence prevention practice and develop skills for professionals to respond critically to the current and future needs of their industry.

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Course Details

  • Multi-modal at Clayton: Part time
  • Off-campus: Part time
  • 2 years (part time)
Start date
Summer (January), First Semester (March), Second Semester (June)
Graduate Diploma 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.

Get job ready

Put your skills into action with a focus on real world work experience. You'll engage with research or clinical environments and partner organisations to complete a project focused on policies, programs and organisations that respond to and prevent family violence.

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 (or equivalent) with a 60% average. Applicants with 5 years relevant full-time informal learning, with a recommendation letter or reference from an employer will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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.

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

Family violence and professional practice (SWM5217): taken between Jan - Feb

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

Family violence, gender and law (LAW5469): taken between May-June.

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

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

Family violence prevention practicum (APG5109): Supervised research project, flexible and available in semester 1 and semester 2.

Making the application

Future students

Summer B

Closing date is 31st Dec for enrolment in SWM5217 and APG4223

Semester 1

Closing date is 25th Feb for enrolment in APG4224, LAW5469 and  APG5109

Semester 2

Closing date is 15th June for enrolment in APG5075, APG5076 and APG5109

Apply directly to Monash using course code A5005


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...

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Fees are subject to change annually.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2022 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


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.


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