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The Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF)

CRAF training materials (handbooks, handouts and DVD)

The Victorian Government is taking action to address family violence through investing significantly in building an effective response to violence against women.

The development of the Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework is a significant step forward in increasing the safety of women and children experiencing family violence.

The framework was developed in consultation with Victorian family violence service providers, police and courts and based upon international research. It is the linchpin of the integrated family violence service system in Victoria. It provides a common language for all agencies to talk about risk assessment and promotes a shared understanding of the issues underpinning family violence.

For more information about the history and development of CRAF, as well as who should use it, see the About CRAF page in this section.


A key aspect of the implementation of the framework has been the development of a suite of training materials and a statewide rollout of this training, commonly known as the Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF) training.

This is to instigate a shared understanding of family violence and a common approach to the assessment and management of risk as a critical aspect of a new, integrated approach to family violence in Victoria.

Training sessions are available for specialist family violence service providers, professionals who work in mainstream services who may encounter and work with people who experience family violence and other groups and organisations who may work with women experiencing family violence.

In Person Training

The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) will be delivering 'CRAF Risk Assessment Training (Practice Guide 2)' and 'CRAF Specialist Training (Practice Guide 3)' sessions over the coming year in all regions of Victoria. This training is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and is free of cost to all participants. For locations, dates and to register please view the Training page of this section.

Online Training

The Victorian Government is further developing a full suite of online eLearning modules which will provide content and learning outcomes consistent with the CRAF statewide face-to-face training sessions.

Module 1 is currently available and covers core knowledge on the integrated family violence system, and how to identify and respond to a victim of family violence. Access to the module is free and it is designed to be undertaken by a wide range of individuals and organisations to support induction, refresher training and professional development.

Further modules covering content on the three CRAF practice guides (identification, preliminary risk assessment and comprehensive risk assessment) will be released following the review of CRAF in 2017.

Materials & Resources

A suite of materials have been developed to support the implementation of the Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework and CRAF training delivery. These materials, available on the Materials & resources page of this section, include the Risk Assessment and Risk Management Manual, a series of training handbooks for the various types of training delivery, a DVD and supporting and reference documents.

Need more information?

For further information contact the DVRCV team on 9486 9666 or at training@dvrcv.org.au.