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2020 Online Course

Applications now open!

A self-paced, online version of the kNOwVAWdata course commencing December 2020.

While the optimal delivery of the kNOwVAWdata course is in a face to face format over 4 weeks, due to the COVID19 pandemic and international travel restrictions, it is difficult for anyone to plan travel to attend the course in the foreseeable future. However, we anticipate some countries will be able to conduct their national VAW surveys as planned and will require training and support.

To provide this support as best we can, we have redeveloped the kNOwVAWdata course content into an online version suitable for this unpredictable time. The face to face course will be offered when travel restrictions allow.

Overview of the online course

Online learning is best divided into short chunks of information and activities. We have taken all of the critical components of the four week face to face course and created four stand-alone subjects:

  1. Gender awareness (pre-requisite for subjects 2, 3 and 4)
  2. Introduction to Researching Violence Against Women
  3. Measuring Violence Against Women – Planning and Implementation
  4. From Data to Action: Interpreting and Reporting on VAW for Policy and Practice

While the subjects can be taken separately, those who complete the four subjects will have completed the critical content of the face to face kNOwVAWdata course. Participants successfully completing the full course (all four subjects) including all activities and course assessments to a suitable level will receive a professional development certificate awarded by the University of Melbourne. Those who successfully complete the full course will be eligible to be included in the register of kNOwVAWdata trained specialists.

Structure of the online course

Learning online makes learning more accessible for many people, however we also recognise that online learning has some challenges. It can be difficult to stay motivated when you are isolated from other course participants, and it may be difficult to know if you are progressing at a good pace, and fully understanding the content.

To support participants across all time-zones, and best simulate face to face learning, we offer the following:

  • The online course is self-paced. This means that participants can undertake their study at times best suited for them to fit with global time zones, work and life commitments.
  • Live virtual workshop/tutorials with course leaders and regional mentors will be offered weekly during University teaching terms.
  • Course cohort membership is offered to facilitate group learning. This means that you can join a group of participants who commence on similar dates and in the same geographic region. You may meet virtually, or F2F if you are located in the same area. Group learning activities are encouraged.
  • Critical topic synchronous sessions (live group sessions) will be scheduled to support learning of critical and complex topics.
  • All live sessions will be recorded for those who can not attend in person.

Subjects 1 and 2 will become available in December 2020.
Subjects 3 and 4 will become available in February 2021

Participants can start any time.

Click here for 2020/2021 course fees

For further enquiries about the 2020/2021 course, please email the course convenors at

To apply for the course complete the application form and include a copy of your most recent CV. You can apply online, or download a word document and return the completed form, along with a recent CV, to