Identifying and Responding to Family Violence is a course designed for community service workers.

You'll learn essential skills for screening, risk assessment, and risk management, in accordance with the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM).

This course will help you gain the expertise to provide an initial response to family violence and equip you will skills for further training in community services, health, and early childhood education.

Skills you’ll learn

  • Communication skills
  • Risk assessment skills
  • Empathy and sympathy skills
  • Emotional intelligence skills

Your career opportunities

  • Ability to identify and respond to family violence risks
  • Ability to screen, identify and assess risks
  • Communicate with greater effectiveness and clarity

Location options


  • Applicants will need to be currently employed in a universal service organisation, or working towards a qualification in these areas, such as schools, early childhood, justice, community and health services, sport and recreation organisations, and faith-based institutions.
  • Applicants who work in other roles where they may be required to respond to family violence will also be considered.
  •  Please provide a letter with your application confirming your organisation and job role, or confirmation of the course you are enrolled in.
  •  Applicants will need to demonstrate literacy and numeracy competencies.
  •  Students will need access to a computer with a working camera, a reliable internet connection, and adequate speed and sufficient data allowance.
Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Apply for a pathway course

These pathways are recognised as an entry requirement to allow students to progress to a UniLink diploma.

Course structure

The Course in Identify and Respond to Family Violence Risk comprises of one compulsory unit.

Core unit
Short course

Indicative nominal course hours: 50

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Core units
Identify and provide initial response to family violence risk
Core unit, 50.0 credit points

2024 fees

Full fee* ($AUD)


Yearly fee* ($AUD)


2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)


Fees are estimates only

Fees published on this page are estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. The above fees apply for units studied in 2023 only and may change for units studied in future years. There may be additional costs related to learning material and equipment.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your Swinburne fees in person, via credit card, BPAY, or at Australia Post. Check to see if loans and employer sponsored training are also available.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Financials
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

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