Australia's first graduate course in domestic violence

MORE than 100 community organisations and stakeholders helped shape the nation's first graduate certificate in domestic violence.

The Queensland University of Technology course will come online in February.

It is web-based and offered across Australia.

Course coordinator Molly Dragiewicz said it was designed for people at the frontline of the epidemic.

"We designed this course after extensive community consultation with more than 100 community organisations and stakeholders," Associate Professor Dragiewicz said.

"It stands to make an important difference in the level of training for those who come into contact with victims and perpetrators of abuse."

She said the four-unit course helped fill the gaps across a range of areas.

"Most people would be surprised to learn that social work, psychology and law courses in Australia do not include compulsory domestic violence units, yet these degrees are key qualifications for work in the field," Prof Dragiewicz said.

"It's designed to provide an in-depth look at the latest studies to inform research, policy and practice in the field. It is a truly interdisciplinary course, drawing from criminology, law, social work, sociology, psychology, health and economics." 

- APN NEWSDESK



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