Following the Royal Commission in to Family Violence, the Victorian Government has commenced the implementation of a series of large scale reforms requiring all services – specialist and universal - to recognise and respond appropriately to victims and their children of family and domestic violence.

Chisholm has a long-standing commitment to raising awareness of domestic and family violence – and recognises the critical importance of training for workers in both specialist and universal services. As a result we have incorporated family violence training and specialist units in to our core delivery in a range of courses in the community services sphere.

Chisholm's new Graduate Certificate in Family Violence has been developed in consultation with industry, academics and associated stakeholders, including former Australian of the Year and anti-family violence campaigner Rosie Batty, of the Luke Batty Foundation.

A key recommendation of the Royal Commission was that practitioners have, as a minimum, specialist training to Degree level.

This new post-graduate course will give those already working within the health and community services sector a chance to advance in the areas of prevention and intervention of family violence.

Understanding the characteristics, dynamics and impacts of family violence ensures our graduates have the ability to recognise and respond to clients appropriately, as well as engage in both primary prevention and early intervention work. Our courses in family violence are primarily victim and child focused, strength based and trauma informed. We also include an emphasis on critical self-reflection, self-care and the intersectionality of family violence.

Our aim is to provide potential and existing practitioners with the skills and knowledge to respond effectively within their own sphere of practice whether it be  Child Youth and Family Services; Child Protection, Early Childhood Education, Disability, Education, Health and Community Care.

Family violence education

Family violence is a significant and pervasive societal issue. As such, the Royal Commission into Family Violence found that it is incumbent on all service systems and professionals to recognise and respond safely and sensitively. By developing several tiers of training, aimed at generalist community services as well as specialist family violence workers, Chisholm TAFE is proud to be at the forefront of educational responses in the field.  

Links to industry

Chisholm TAFE has excellent relations with industry, which enables high-quality and relevant teaching and fosters up-to-date industry knowledge.  This is particularly important in the current climate around family violence, where best practice is constantly evolving. These relationships also assist with student placement within the family violence sector and regularly enhance job outcomes for students. Our community service teachers belong to a variety of related networks, such as the Eliminating Violence against Women (EVA) Action Group and the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula Family Violence Network.

Support services

Domestic and family violence occurs across communities, ages, cultures and sexes. If you or somebody you know is experiencing such abuse, there are services that can assist. These include:

  • Safe Steps: 24/7 state-wide family violence responder. Phone 1800 015 188
  • Mensline: support for men concerned about their own violent behaviour. Phone 1300 78 99 78
  • 1800 Respect: National sexual assault & family violence counselling service. Phone 1800 737 732
  • Lifeline: Crisis support. Phone 13 11 14