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Elevate your career and uncover academic pathways with this industry focused qualification in family violence

Fully accredited, Chisholm's 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 into Family Violence 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.

The course is designed to deliver specialised expertise in the area of family violence work. The course objectives focus on the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required of skilled practitioners within the field. It aims to develop professionals who can respond critically to the current and future needs of their industry, and who are effective - lifelong learners who can realise and capitalise on opportunities afforded by emerging research and prevention initiatives relating to family violence work.

The certificate and its contents are informed by a Course Advisory Committee made up of current practitioners, academics and associated stakeholders with subject matter experts and guest lecturers presenting throughout each subject.

Students also attend an annual forum which focuses on industry needs and reforms.

Local and interstate applicants are welcome to apply if they meet the entry requirements.

Dandenong Campus: Friday 9am - 4pm and Saturday 9am-4pm (only two Saturdays)

Further information about Chisholm's accreditation as a Higher Education provider can be found at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and Quality Indicators in Learning and Teaching (QILT) websites.

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program will be delivered remotely where possible.

Participants will be required to engage with learning material online and via video conferencing software rather than attend classes. Refer to our COVID-19 Online Service Standards for details of minimum technical requirements and support available. While it is expected that the course duration will remain unchanged, it may be necessary to extend the completion date if circumstances change. Chisholm will be monitoring the situation closely and inform of any changes if the duration of a course is extended.

If you have any queries on a course delivery please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or

Download the course admission requirements.

Award granted
Graduate Certificate
Course code
On campus
Not available Online
Not available for International students
Part Time, 1 year.
Start dates
March and July 2021

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and aligned to Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 8