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

This content has been developed by Whāraurau, a national workforce development centre for infant, child and adolescent mental health, Uniservices Ltd, at the University of Auckland in collaboration with Oranga Tamariki in July 2017. 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:

Rainbow Safe training - online

Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura- Outing Violence offers training and cultural supervision for all those supporting Takatāpui and Rainbow survivors. The training is useful for kaimahi working in specialist services, but also policy makers, service managers and everyone interested in understanding more about how family and sexual violence impacts Takatāpui and Rainbow survivors, and what changes can be made to improve the service they receive.

Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura has developed this online training in collaboration with MEDSAC (Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa).

The first interactive module - Family and sexual violence - is 2-3 hours long, and you’ll be able to work through it at a time and place that suits you. You will need to sign up.

Cost: $75 per person - Community organisations; $100 per person - Corporate or government.

Contact Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura about nteractive workshops for community networks or individual agencies in person.

MEDSAC provides comprehensive training for doctors and nurses woringin in sexual abuse assessment and treatment services (SAATS) throughout Aotearoa. 

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.

Child Matters offers three pre-recorded online courses you can access at any time. Fees apply. Child Matters also offers a range of face to face seminars, workshops and courses.

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 Family Violence Training for Workplace Support People online over two days on specified dates. Cost: $483. This is also offered as a one-day course in Auckland, and may be offered in other cities.

Other online learning opportunities

Many New Zealand organisations now provide online training on specified dates - see our training providers page for details.


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.

Primary prevention training (Australia)

Safe and Equal's (formerly DVRCV and DV Vic) primary prevention training builds the capability of practitioners to engage in best practice primary prevention of family and gender-based violence, and respectful relationships education work.  New Zealand based practitioners may be able to enrol for these courses, provided online on specified dates, fees apply.

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).

Sexual violence

Free online self-paced training and webinars provided by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (US) and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR). Topics covered include:

  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Housing and Sexual Violence
  • Sexual Violence Prevention
  • Sexual Violence Resources in Rural Communities
  • Sexual Violence and People with Disabilities
  • Sexual Violence in Latin@ Communities
  • Sexual Violence in Later Life
  • Sexual Violence and the Workplace
  • Understanding Trauma and Sexual Violence
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation

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.

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.