Online learning

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Please note that course listing does not constitute endorsement by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, as we are not able to review the training provided.

New Zealand

Trauma-informed care

Three of these eModules were developed by Werry Workforce Whāraurau in collaboration with Oranga Tamariki. The fourth eModule was developed in collaboration with the Ngātahi Workforce project in the Hawke's Bay, Dr Leland Ruwhiu from Oranga Tamariki and Associate Professor Nicola Atwool from the University of Otago. The courses are free:

Child protection eLearning 

Safeguarding Children offers online self-paced eLearning courses. There is a small fee to enrol for these courses:

Safeguarding Children offers other training via webinar and face-to-face training throughout the year, fees apply.

Domestic violence and workplaces

The workplace online learning module is a collaboration between Westpac and Shine, designed to help New Zealanders better understand the issue of domestic violence and how it can impact on the workplace, and learn how to help colleagues who are experiencing, or perpetrating, domestic violence. This module is free.

Workplace online learning module

Shine also provides DVFREE Workplace 'First Responder' training face to face in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch or online over two days on specified dates. Cost from $379.50. 


The following are courses developed in Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, delivered over the internet. Some are available at set times, others are self-paced and can be completed at any time.

Family Violence Foundations

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria has developed this online course as a stand alone program for people seeking foundational information about family violence and prevention of violence against women, or as an introduction to further training and skill development in this area. This course is free and self-paced.

Family Violence Foundations

Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre

Monash provides some professional development short courses online. These scheduled 4 week courses cost A$1500 for domestic* students.

Other courses may be available online in 2021.

*New Zealand citizens are recognised as domestic students.

kNOwVAWdata training course

The University of Melbourne, in partnership with UNFPA, ANROWS and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) offers the kNOwVAWdata training course, a four-week course for professionals in the Asia-Pacific region seeking to build their skills in measuring the prevalence of violence against women (VAW). While the optimal delivery of the kNOwVAWdata course is in a face to face format over 4 weeks, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions, the kNOwVAWdata course content has been redeveloped into a self-paced, online version. Apply now - fees apply.

The VEGA Project

The VEGA (Violence, Evidence, Guidance, and Action) Project at McMaster University has created pan-Canadian, evidence-based guidance and education resources to assist healthcare and social service providers in recognizing and responding safely to family violence. VEGA focuses on three main types of family violence: child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, and children’s exposure to intimate partner violence. The resources are free and self-paced.

VEGA Family Violence Education Resources

Veto violence: Violence education tools online

These online learning courses and other tools are produced by Veto Violence, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA).

Domestic violence: Understanding the basics

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and VAWnet, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (USA) provides Domestic violence: Understanding the basics (2012).

Honor our voices

The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) and the University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (USA) provides Honor our voices: Children’s perspectives on domestic violence (2011).

Understanding violence

A six week course offered with set starting dates by Emory University (USA): Understanding violence.

Reporting on sexual violence

NSVRC - National Sexual Violence Resource Center (US) provides guidance and tips for journalists on Reporting on sexual violence. Poynter NewsU previously provided an online course on this topic

Understanding violence against women: Myths and realities

This course Understanding violence against women: Myths and realities is provided by Future Learn (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow). It takes two hours a week for six weeks. It can be completed for free, or 'upgrade' for unlimited access and to earn a certificate of completion.