Graduate Certificate in Domestic & Gender-Based Violence Research and Practice

The experience



Domestic and gender-based violence is a pervasive social problem undermining the fabric of our society and our relationships. It’s relevant across all health and human services fields and there is an urgent need to ensure that anyone who’s work is touched by domestic and gender-based violence is adequately trained to respond to, and to help prevent current and future violence. As a student of the Graduate Certificate you will have access to specialist knowledge and expertise from a leading Domestic and gender-based violence research and teaching team with strong links to the health and community service sector.  The course uniquely brings together research and practice to equip graduates to most effectively address this pervasive global issue and achieve meaningful change.

Day-to-day learning and experience

This course is taught through a blend of online and on campus learning. A strong integration between theory and practice throughout the course promotes applied problem solving, guided by leading researchers and practitioners in the domestic and gender-based violence field.

Students will have the opportunity to engage with and learn evidence informed approaches on:

  • Safe and ethical research on violence against women, including understanding and measuring prevalence and incidence of violence
  • Theories of social change and prevention frameworks in prevention of violence;
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Accountability and intervention for men who use violence
  • Understanding key child protection issues;
  • Supporting collaborative inter-agency practice
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Knowledge translation for policy

Students will further benefit from industry links and research networks, including the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children (MAEVe) and the global kNOwVAWdata Community of Practice (a collaboration between The University of Melbourne and the United Nations Population Fund).