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Risk Assessment and Management Panels (RAMPs)

Risk Assessment and Management Panels (RAMPs)

Risk Assessment and Management Panels (RAMPs)

What is a RAMP?

A Risk Assessment and Management Panel (RAMP) is a formally convened meeting, held at a local level, of nine key agencies and organisations that contribute to the safety of women and children experiencing serious and imminent threat from family violence. Across Victoria there are 18 RAMPs that each meet once a month to share information and take action to keep women and children at the highest risk from family violence safe. 

Women who are referred to a RAMP are identified as being at serious and imminent threat from family violence and require a comprehensive risk assessment and co-ordinated action plan to lessen or prevent the threat to her (and her children’s) life, health, safety or welfare. RAMPs are not a substitute for the existing system but work to enhance the response to this high risk group.

Who is on a RAMP?

Each RAMP includes a coordinator, two chairs, core members and associates.

Each RAMP is jointly chaired by a senior member of Victoria Police and a senior manager from a specialist family violence agency.

The RAMP coordinator is located in a local family violence agency and is responsible for receiving referrals to RAMP and identifying organisations to participate in the RAMP meeting. Coordinators are also responsible for preparing information for RAMP meetings, keeping minutes and following up on actions.

RAMP core members are essential to the effective operation of the RAMP and are required to attend all meetings. Core members include:

  • specialist women’s family violence services
  • Victoria Police
  • Corrections Victoria
  • DHHS housing
  • mental health
  • alcohol and drug services
  • men’s family violence services
  • Child FIRST
  • child protection.

RAMPs are also attended by associate members that may have particular knowledge of a case. Associate members attend a RAMP on an ‘as needs’ basis to inform risk assessment and action planning to keep a woman and her children safe.

Principles

A RAMP works on the principles of:

  1. Preventing men from perpetrating harm and holding them accountable for their violent actions and threats.
  2. Serving the best interests of women and children.
  3. Respecting the background, culture and individual circumstances of women and children.
  4. Providing a child focused response.

How to make a referral to a RAMP

Any service that works with victims of family violence or may encounter and/or identify women and children experiencing family violence can make a referral to a RAMP by contacting their local specialist family violence agency. The coordinator will then be able to determine whether the case goes to a RAMP or receives another response.

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