Family Violence Foundations

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Our free online learning package will build your knowledge to prevent, identify and respond to family violence.

Preventing and responding to family violence is the collective responsibility of a wide variety of professionals. Family Violence Foundations is a key starting point for everyone who has a role to play.

Developed by Safe and Equal and funded by Family Safety Victoria, Family Violence Foundations is a free online learning package for all Victorian professionals. This course will build your knowledge to prevent, identify and respond to family violence and violence against women. 

Who is it for?

This course provides a common starting point for professionals who may then seek to develop the skills needed to undertake their role in family violence prevention and response. 

This includes:

  • professionals who come into contact with adult and child victim survivors or perpetrators of family violence in the course of their work – including people working in health, justice, human services and education
  • new workers in specialist family violence response services.
  • professionals who have a role to play in preventing violence before it occurs – for example, primary prevention practitioners and professionals in education, local government, media or recreational settings.
  • students considering a career in the family violence or primary prevention sectors.

What you will learn

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Family Violence Foundations is a self-paced course consisting of 16 modules divided across four streams. After passing all of the quiz tasks you will receive a certificate of completion.

Stream 1: Violence against women

Definitions and prevalence of violence against women; common attitudes, beliefs and myths that drive violence against women; gender inequality and violence against women; the gendered nature of violence.

Stream 2: Family violence

Definitions, dynamics and impacts of family violence; the indicators of family violence; referral pathways for diverse victim survivors and perpetrators.

Stream 3: Intersectionality, cultural safety and responsiveness

Intersectionality and systemic discrimination; violence against Aboriginal women; Aboriginal family violence and cultural safety; cultural responsiveness for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Stream 4: Family violence, children and young people

The nature, impacts and indicators of family violence for children and young people; supporting children and young people’s safety; legislative and statutory requirements.

More about the course

This course will be useful as a stand-alone program for people seeking foundational information about family violence and prevention of violence against women, or as an introduction to further training and skill development in this area.

The course content is based on the foundational knowledge requirements in the Responding to Family Violence and Preventing Family Violence and Violence Against Women Capability Frameworks. These frameworks outline the knowledge and skills that all professionals, managers, leaders and advocates need to effectively prevent and respond to violence against women and family violence.

On successful completion of all quiz tasks, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

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Ready to start building your foundational knowledge to prevent, identify and respond to family violence?

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