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Accredited Family Violence Social Worker (AFVSW)

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The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence (2016) and other national drivers, have provided the impetus for the AASW to proactively establish a credential in this field of practice and to consolidate social workers as the lead practitioners in family violence. The AASW has convened a Family Violence Steering Committee comprised of sector knowledge leaders and practitioners to develop the AASW Accredited Family Violence Credential and associated AASW Family Violence Capability Framework (2018).

Why should I become an AFVSW?

There are many benefits from becoming an AASW AFVSW

  • The AFVSW credential is a symbol of quality and established competency
  • The AFVSW credential is a sector indicator of achieved experience and capability
  • Your Distinction – a credential establishes that you have achieved recognition in your field of practice
  • Commitment to ongoing excellence – the credential demonstrates the currency of your skills and knowledge by setting a high standard of continuous professional development that validates your commitment to excellence
  • A formalised community of practice and network of peers – through sharing of knowledge and experiences and delivering on best practice
  • Continuous professional development opportunities – access to targeted training and development to support your professional development goals
  • Peer and professional recognition – improved employment and leadership opportunities
  • Receive dedicated information for social workers in family violence - stay up to date with industry changes, future trends, thought leaders and developments.

Eligibility requirements

To apply for AFVSW status you need to provide the following evidence

  • Current membership of the AASW. If you are not yet a member, join now
  • That you have met the Accredited Family Violence Social Worker Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for the current or previous financial year**. Requirements include a total of 50 hours of CPD in AASW specified categories, of which 20 hours must also be specific to family violence
  • At least two years' (post-qualifying) supervised social work practice experience in a family violence or related field within the past five years, and how this experience meets the standards outlined in the AASW Family Violence Capability Framework (2018)
  • Completion of two case studies in an exam environment
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • A referee statement.

**The AASW is offering members additional time to meet the Family Violence CPD Goal for the 2017/18 financial year period. For further information please contact

Before you apply

If these do not answer your questions, please contact the Credentialing Team for more information.

How to apply

Applications for accreditation as a Family Violence Social Worker must now be made on the criteria and application form and in accordance with the AASW Family Violence Capability Framework (2018).

How to submit your application

To minimise processing delays, please ensure your application is complete before submitting it. Submit your application via email, post or online.

Email your application and supporting documentation. Note: We cannot accept emails over 10 MB in size so, if required, please send your information in more than one email.

Post your application and supporting documentation to:
AASW Credentialing Team
PO Box 2008
Royal Melbourne Hospital, VIC 3050

Apply online

Maintaining your credential

Once you have successfully obtained your credential, you must maintain it by:

  1. Meeting your annual CPD requirements
  2. Meeting your recency of practice requirements
  3. Renewing your annual AASW membership and paying the associated fee
  4. Renewing your annual AASW credential membership and paying the associated fee.

Can I put my credential status on hold?

There is no official process for putting your credential status on hold. Rather, if you choose not to renew your credential for any specific financial year, your credential membership will lapse, and you will be required to apply for reinstatement if you choose to renew it in the future.

If you need to re-instate your credential, you will need to follow the re-instatement process.

Further Information

For further information, contact

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers