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Certificate of Domestic and Family Violence


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

One of the best defences against domestic and family violence is knowledge. This knowledge is powerful for those who offer services to meet the needs of adults and children affected by domestic and family violence.

The Certificate of Domestic and Family Violence will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence. You will also discover how to promote awareness in the community and act as an advocate.

In this online professional development program, you will learn how to use appropriate counselling and facilitation skills to support victims of domestic and family violence. This will enable you to thoroughly explore client issues and identify possible options by providing a safe and supportive environment for clients to actively seek solutions.

On completion of this course, you will feel confident to work within the community as an advocate and to provide appropriate support to those affected by domestic and family violence.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

  • Women and children at risk
  • Indigenous communities
  • Prevention strategies
  • The Danger Assessment Scale (DA)
  • Types of abuse
  • Perpetrators
  • Child abuse allegations
  • Family violence orders
  • Personal safety
  • Develop rapport and confidence
  • Accurate exchange of information
  • Effective / negative behaviours
  • Urgency and eligibility
  • Abuse and power
  • Mandatory reporting
  • Urgent client assistance
  • Client assessment
  • Strategies for intervention
  • Client safety
  • Law and ethics

Unit 2 - Promote community awareness of domestic and family violence

  • Domestic violence information
  • Intervention strategies
  • Community activities services
  • Gaps and inadequacies in services
  • Controlling behaviours
  • Prevention strategies
  • Community service organisations
  • Reciprocity with organisations
  • Design and evaluate programs
  • Domestic violence awareness
  • Education programs / campaigns
  • Community awareness

Unit 3 - Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence

  • Establish client confidence / relationship
  • Review existing case information
  • Positive behaviours
  • Conduct client interviews
  • Prevention strategies
  • Characteristics of perpetrators
  • Safe environments
  • Cultural differences
  • Questioning techniques
  • Model of intervention
  • Perpetrators of violence
  • Types of abuse
  • Services and resources
  • Encourage client self-determination
  • Positive lifestyle practices
  • Future service and support
  • Effective communication


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Certificate Course



  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
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Professional Development For:-

  • Counsellors
  • Trauma Counsellors
  • Community Service Workers
  • Best value option
  • Includes 12 months access


  • $150 deposit
  • $25/week
  • No credit checks required