GC164 - Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence

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Plan: GC164 - Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Certificate in Domestic and Family Violence
Award abbreviation: GradCertDomFamViol
Total credit points: 48
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 year part time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/global-urban-and-social-studies
ASCED code: 099903
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

This program will develop the practical skills and conceptual knowledge required to respond to and prevent domestic and family violence in a wide range of professional settings. You will build a foundation for understanding and analysing the social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental dimensions of domestic and family violence in Australia and internationally.

The program enables you to apply human rights and social justice frameworks, as well as key case and risk management principles, to design responses to domestic and family violence. You will develop a breadth of knowledge and skills in areas including responding to disclosures of violence, victim intake, risk assessment, referral protocols, and case management, as well as primary prevention program design and implementation. You will investigate the links between individual, community and societal level factors in contributing to domestic and family violence, as well as underlying causes such as gender and intersecting inequalities.

By selecting from specialist electives, you have the option of further developing specific expertise in key roles such as family violence case management, research and policy advocacy, or primary prevention of violence against women. Throughout the program you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge, connect theory to practice and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and team work.

The program is offered on campus through a combination of online and face to face delivery modes, which will allow you some flexibility to tailor your learning. As a graduate you can expect to work within Australia in local, state or federal government agencies, non-government organisations, and consultancies. Employment can be found in similar sectors in other countries or in international aid and development organisations.

As a Graduate Certificate, this program is exempt from the University policy requirement to provide a capstone course. However, the provision of an program option provides you with the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and learning in a preferred area.

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Articulation and pathways

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs including the Master of Justice and Criminology, Master of Public Policy, Master of Global Studies, Master of Social Work, Master of Social Science by research and PhD, subject to each program's entry requirements.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

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Entrance requirements

You must have:

- successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) OR

- undertaken significant work experience or professional practice.

As a guide, significant work experience would generally be a minimum of five years of professional work experience in Australian domestic and/or family violence services, or an allied human and/or community services sector.

To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience

English language requirements

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in domestic and family violence.

The discipline area of Criminology and Justice Studies in the School of Global Urban and Social Studies has close links with industry which take a variety of forms. Academics in the program are [industry practitioners, maintaining strong linkages within the domestic and family violence practice] and the community. In addition the program invites external industry experts as guest lecturers to provide further exposure to current industry developments.

The Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) consists of high profile industry representatives. Part of the IAC’s brief is to ensure that their programs’ links with industry standards and practice remain current.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services 

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.    
Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.  

Contact Ask the Library for information on Library resources and services: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.  Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills. 

Online learning tools and content 

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University 

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. Services are available face to face and online assisting with: 

  • transition to tertiary study and learning 
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant 
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning 
  • career development and employment 
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters) 
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad 
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance. 

 We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at https://www.rmit.edu.au/students.

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