Lecturer Silke Meyer says the program introduces students to various applicable courses and areas depending on their interests and requirements.

“It ranges from introduction units to core units around nature, prevalence, different types of domestic violence and an introduction to service responses, system responses and legislation responses around domestic violence.”

“Then it has another advanced course, and then for the certificate, you choose one elective … either more focused around working with victims or working with perpetrators or working with children at the intersection of domestic violence.

And for the diplomas, they [complete] courses and in addition to that a management and research project course,” she says.

Meyer says that because the course is quite specialised, those in the education field might benefit most from selecting a number of areas and expanding their knowledge so they are able to work with vulnerable young people in a way that’s most effective.

“…Somebody might want to select a particular area, so for teachers, maybe a broader introduction around domestic violence, some of the risk factors, some of the symptoms of how we pick up things, some of the broader service landscapes in terms of referrals … frontline workers who aren’t necessarily specialised around domestic violence…”

“From a teacher perspective I would almost say, the biggest benefit would probably be in looking at individual units and … the ones working around children, or for somebody who’s more in an oversight position, maybe a team leader, to do something like a certificate or a diploma to have the full depth and breadth around domestic and family violence and be able to … [work in a] trainer role … and communicate that knowledge with staff.

“I suspect for someone who might be having more of a guidance counsellor role, in addition to teaching, there might be a benefit for doing the certificate, for example, because it has a fairly intensive overview of domestic violence in itself, the various forms, the current legislation, the role of family law, the role of engaging with parents around them, symptoms to pick up on in children, children’s wellbeing long-term developmental issues, including academic performance for example…”

The course was developed with a practitioner focus in mind, allowing those who work in hands-on capacities real tools “…so they are equipped with knowledge around some of the key basics of domestic violence,” Meyer says.

Although the program is new, Meyer says early feedback has been positive.