Where to start

Are you interested in a career in primary prevention?

Here are some steps you can take to get started.

Familiarise yourself with the evidence base

There is a robust and expanding body of academic research, organisational reports, program evaluations, policy papers and submissions to inform and guide primary prevention work, including several key documents that all prevention practitioners in Victoria should be familiar with.

This list is not exhaustive. As our understanding of what drives and what works to prevent violence against women in different contexts increases, the evidence base will continue to expand and evolve. 

Prevention organisations, such as Our WatchGender Equity Victoria and DVRCV (through Partners in Prevention), have created and collated many useful evidence papers and resources for people who are interested in developing their knowledge further.

Familiarise yourself with key policy documentation

Primary prevention exists within a complex and changing policy context. All primary prevention practitioners in Victoria should have a good knowledge of these state and federal policy documents.

Training you can do

While accredited prevention training is still being developed, there are a number of short courses you can do to build your knowledge and understanding of primary prevention work.

DVRCV offers a range of training opportunities for people who are interested in developing their foundational knowledge in primary prevention.

Family Violence Foundations

Family Violence Foundations

Developed by DVRCV in partnership with Family Safety Victoria, this free online course provides foundational information about preventing and responding to family violence and violence against women. It is an introduction to further training and skill development in these areas.

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Introduction to Preventing Violence Against Women

This foundational course is designed for people who are interested in commencing a career in the primary prevention sector. Based on the Capability Framework, it covers primary prevention basics from the drivers, forms, and impacts of violence against women, practical prevention actions and strategies to the sector landscape.

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Prevention in Practice

This three-day course is suitable for people who have completed Introduction to Preventing Violence against Women or professionals who want to learn prevention program design. This course is mapped to the Capability Framework and covers the foundational skills and knowledge stated in the document.

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Unpacking Resistance

This workshop provides effective, evidence-based tools and strategies to respond to backlash and resistance that often come with primary prevention work.

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‘Don’t Walk Past’ Bystander action in the workplace to prevent violence against women

This short course is tailored for professionals who would like to develop their understanding of violence against women in a workplace context, including bystander action, skills and strategies.

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Please note: Due to COVID-19 health restrictions, DVRCV is currently only running training and events online. You can add your name to a waitlist for face to face courses.

Build your network

Joining a primary prevention professional network is a great way to stay on top of the latest news and job opportunities in the sector, meet prospective mentors and colleagues, and access key resources and information that will improve your knowledge and skill set.

Partners in Prevention (PiP) is one of the longest-running networks for Victorian prevention practitioners. It provides a range of networking and capability building activities where existing practitioners and people who are interested in joining the workforce can connect, share and learn.

Join the Partners in Prevention network and receive regular email bulletins with the latest prevention news, resources, and training and networking opportunities.

Many organisations in the primary prevention sector send out regular informative email newsletters. Signing up to these mailing lists is another great way to keep up with the latest sector news, events, training and job opportunities.

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Experience you might already have

Many skills easily transfer to prevention work. For example, grant or report writing, project management, budgeting, stakeholder engagement, research and analysis, and communications and marketing.

If you have experience working with specific groups (such as young people) and particularly in schools where prevention work is well established in Victoria, it will help you in many primary prevention roles.

Apply your skills to build your experience

You could incorporate prevention work into your existing role. For example:

  • Leading an initiative to start conversations about the gendered drivers of violence against women in your workplace or local community.
  • Consider how gender equality is promoted at your work and identify and encourage areas that can be improved.


Think about the skills, knowledge and contacts you already have and can use to support an organisation with a new project or initiative. Use the policy information and evidence base in this section to prepare your idea and ask for a meeting. 

Where to find jobs

  • The Victorian Government’s Family Violence Jobs Portal has a range of family violence roles in Victoria. You can search by keyword, category and location or set up a job alert to get notifications about new opportunities.
  • Ethical Jobs advertises jobs in the charity and not for profit sector.
  • Pro Bono Australia promotes job opportunities in purpose-driven organisations across the country. You can sign up for their weekly email to get a list of career opportunities.

Acknowledgement of country

DVRCV and the PiP network acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of the lands and waters throughout Australia.

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