Online learning



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: raising trauma awareness for caregivers and the children’s/tamariki workforces

The Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki has partnered with Werry Workforce Whāraurau to develop a trauma awareness training package. There are three modules:

  • Module 1: Childhood trauma: impact on development and behaviour
  • Module 2: Trauma-informed care for caregivers
  • Module 3: Trauma-informed care for the children’s workforce 
To access this training, follow the detailed directions on the Werry Workforce Whāraurau website. See the NZFVC news item for more information.

The Safeguarding Children Initiative has developed a free online eLearning course.

eLearning; Foundations of Child Protection

This is a self-paced course available to anyone. You just need to complete a registration process to access the content. Follow the above link for more information. 


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

Veto violence: Violence education tools online

These online 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).

Domestic violence: Understanding the basics (2012)

Honor our voices: Children’s perspectives on domestic violence

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) and the University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (USA).

Honor our voices (2011)

Understanding violence

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

Find out more about Understanding violence

Reporting on sexual violence

A free, self-directed online course for print, online and broadcast journalists and others working in the media provided by Poynter: News University. This course is free thanks to a grant from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).

Find out more about Reporting on sexual violence

United Kingdom

Future Learn (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow)

This course 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.

Understanding Violence Against Women: Myths and Realities

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