Course in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk


Course Length

Part time:

3 months

Contact Hours

Part time:

1 full day webinar per month


Full Fee:



Online Campus

Delivery Mode


Course Overview

This introductory accredited short course has been developed as part of the Victorian State Government's 10-year industry plan for family violence prevention and response, as a result of Australia's first Royal Commission into Family Violence.

This course is designed for professionals who may be required to provide an initial response to victims of family violence but don't have this as a core function of their work role.

Delivered via three online workshops over three months, the course requires students to commit an average of 5 hours of self-directed study per week.

The course supports the attainment of foundational skills and knowledge, and the shared understanding of family violence required to respond effectively to victim-survivors of family violence (adults, children, and young people) and perpetrators of family violence, whilst using the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM).

These skills include:

  • use of effective interpersonal skills to engage sensitively with service users to facilitate self-disclosure
  • identification of family violence risk using approved family violence risk frameworks
  • provision of response actions involving referrals and information sharing to service provision or intersecting service agencies.

Participants undertaking the course will be professionals who are community-facing but do not have family violence counseling and support as a core function of their role. These professionals may encounter victim-survivors (including children and young people) and perpetrators through their interactions with children, families and/or adults within their work, including in the areas of:

  • Schools and Education Providers
  • Early Childhood
  • Justice
  • Community and Health Services
  • Sport and Recreation Organisations
  • Faith-based Institutions.


This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Eligible students – free

Ineligible students - $450 tuition fee

Note: no materials fee apply

To discuss your eligibility, please contact us on 1300 GOTAFE.

Further Study

This course provides a pathway into the 22561VIC Course in Intermediate Risk Assessment and Management of Family Violence Risk.

Course Dates & Times

Online Campus

Flexible - Starting on 15/10/2021 - Monthly Workshops - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Flexible - Starts on 11th Feb - Term 1, 3 virtual workshops - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Flexible - Starts on 29th April - Term 2, 3 virtual workshops - 9am to 4pm/ 2022

Flexible - Starts on 15th July - Term 3, 3 virtual workshops - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Flexible - Starts on 7th Oct - Term 4, 3 virtual workshops - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Fee Information

1. Full Fee: $450.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Entry Requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Attend an interview.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course.

To successfully undertake the course, learners are expected to have minimum language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills that align with Level 2 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

Course Study Units

Core Units
VU22733 - Identify and provide initial response to family violence risk

Attendance & Commitment

This course is delivered as a blend of online virtual classrooms. As part of the course you will be required to take part in and complete:

  • Online self-paced learning and assessments, averaging 5 hours per week
  • 3 x Workshop webinar series structured by topic that will be customised by your training provider into smaller online sessions.

Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

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Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

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Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.