Chisholm has launched a Graduate Certificate in Family Violence, in response to recommendations by the Royal Commission into Family Violence that practitioners have, as a minimum, specialist training to Degree level.

The new post-graduate course, commencing February 2018, will give those already working within the health and community services sector a chance to advance in the areas of prevention and intervention of family violence.

A key finding of the Royal Commission, specifically recommendation 209, was that family violence practitioners hold a social work or equivalent degree no later than 31 December 2020.

Fully accredited, the Chisholm course was developed in consultation with industry, academia and associated stakeholders – including former Australian of the Year and anti-family violence campaigner Rosie Batty, of the Luke Batty Foundation.

“As an advocate for those affected by family violence, I am proud to have been involved in the development of Chisholm's Graduate Certificate in Family Violence,” Ms Batty said.

“This course responds to an important community need, provides pathways for professionals and represents a comprehensive response to recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria).”

Philip Cornish, Chisholm Institute General Manager of Health and Community Care, said the course had been designed to respond to current needs using the most up-to-date evidence base.

‘We’re thrilled to provide health and community care professionals with an opportunity to up-skill so as to create better outcomes for those affected by family violence,” Mr Cornish said.

"In broadening their Community Services and Development offering, Chisholm continues to respond to the current and future needs of the health and community sector, by taking advantage of emerging research and prevention initiatives relating to family violence work at various levels including management."

For upskilling professionals, the course can be completed part time over 12 months.  A Degree qualification in a relevant discipline or a Diploma qualification in a relevant discipline plus at least two years in the family violence or related sector are required pre-requisites for the post-graduate course.

Chisholm is a leader in vocational educational and training and offers over 400 courses across nine locations in South-East Melbourne, Melbourne City, Bass Coast and the Mornington Peninsula as well as online and in the workplace.