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Identifying & responding to risk

Identifying & responding to risk

Identifying & responding to risk

Family violence is a pervasive problem in Australia that has serious and far-reaching impacts on victim survivors’ physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. On average, one woman is murdered every week in Australia by a partner or an ex-partner.

In your line of work, you may come into contact with people who are experiencing family violence. Although you may not be a specialist family violence worker, there are still steps you can take to help keep victim survivors safe and supported. 

This includes developing the knowledge and skills to engage effectively with victim survivors and respond appropriately to family violence, including information sharing and referring clients to specialist support

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) framework 

In Victoria, the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) framework is a state-wide and legislated framework that guides how to identify, assess and manage family violence risk. 

This framework provides professionals with the information and tools they need to keep victim survivors safe while holding perpetrators in view and accountable.

Your organisation will help you to understand your responsibilities under the MARAM framework. Your responsibilities will depend on your role and the organisation you work for. If you are unsure of your responsibilities you should speak with your manager or supervisor.

You can also consult the Victorian Government website for extra information and guidance.  

If your organisation is prescribed under the MARAM framework, you will be required to register in MARAM training to build your understanding of family violence and develop the practical skills necessary to support victim survivors. 

Information Sharing

If you have a client who is or you suspect is experiencing family violence, you may be required to share information about your client with, and request it from, other services. This process must be guided by appropriate information sharing legislation. 

To learn more about information sharing and how it affects you go to the Victorian government website or see our dedicated page on information sharing.