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  • The first of its kind in Australia, this specialist course is designed for frontline workers, policy developers and any professionals who come into contact with domestic violence victims or perpetrators.
  • Learn about the dynamics and types of abuse, prevalence and contributing factors.
  • Develop specialised knowledge of violence against pregnant women and the relationship between child maltreatment and domestic violence.
  • Learn techniques for working with victims of abuse, including risk assessments and developing safety plans.
  • Study online from anywhere in the world.
QUT course code JS12
Attendance Part-time
Course duration 1 year part-time
Start month 2019 February
Delivery External
  • Online
  • Faculty of Law
Course contact Faculty of Law
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Develop insight into the dynamics of domestic violence by learning about the latest research on different types of abuse, the characteristics, distribution, and contributing factors.

You will learn how to critically assess domestic violence research and review developments in domestic violence policy. You will have the opportunity to discuss the law and policy encompassing domestic violence and how violence is shaped by social and cultural values. You'll also develop specialised knowledge of violence against pregnant women and the relationship between child maltreatment and domestic violence, including investigating the impact of trauma on child development. Child protection law, policy and family court systems and procedures are also detailed.

Domestic and family violence homicides make up around 45% of all homicides in Queensland and a significant proportion of all homicides of women worldwide. Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Unit statistics show that between 2006 and 2015, there have been 237 homicides in a domestic or family relationship in Queensland committed by 215 perpetrators, while 27% of victims of  intimate partner homicides had a protection order at the time of the death. Also, 43% of women killed by male intimate partners in Queensland between 2006-12 had left or were trying to leave the perpetrator (Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Unit personal communication, 2016). Critically, you will build specialised knowledge to identify, assess, and reduce the risk of lethal domestic violence. Be immersed in the latest research about the risks and characteristics of domestic homicide and suicide to inform your professional practice.

You will be confident in applying risk assessment tools in actual cases and be able to craft a safety plan based on the case facts and the research on lethal risk. Also, learn how to present and implement a risk mitigation plan.

Working with victims of domestic violence and how frontline staff care for their own safety and mental health is a critical element of the course. Professionals who deal with domestic violence address diverse needs from a variety of community contexts. They are also exposed to traumatic information, images and situations that can affect their well-being and professional performance. Your studies will provide information strategies for self care in challenging and stressful environments.

Importantly, the course details domestic violence services, tools for screening clients and particularly the needs and issues in diverse communities. This includes survivors, people living with disabilities, low income communities, rural/regional and remote families, same sex and transgender people and the cultural contexts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

This course is suitable for frontline workers such as police, social workers, psychologists, counsellors, legal advocates, lawyers, mediators, court staff, health care workers, youth workers, probation and parole staff and child protection officers, among others. It’s also a key course for any staff working in policy or support roles in this area.

Assessment items or practicum

Via self-guided modules and  weekly online activities and readings, the course will introduce you to the theory, context and key concepts for each topic and encourage you to engage with literature, web materials, and multimedia resources related to each topic. Assessment items such as quizzes, case studies, reports and presentations relate to real cases and legislation and will provide you with an opportunity to develop and enhance key skills for advancing a career in this field. 

Course articulation

You may be eligible to receive credit from your studies in this graduate certificate in selected masters courses.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

  • A completed recognised bachelor degree (or higher award) in psychology, social work, law, justice, criminology or relevant social science area; or
  • A completed recognised diploma (or higher award) in conflict management, dispute resolution, community services work and two (2) years full-time work experience working with victims, perpetrators, or others affected by domestic violence; or
  • Five (5) years full-time (paid and/or volunteer) work experience working with victims, perpetrators, or others affected by domestic violence, including at least 12 months full-time in a middle or upper management or policy role.


Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: $10,000 per course (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence

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  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
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