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 Common Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework

The Western Australian Family and Domestic Violence Common Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework

The second edition of the Common Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework (CRARMF) has been developed for use by all government agencies and community sector services to promote a consistent collaborative and seamless approach to identifying and responding to family and domestic violence.

It is now included alongside service specifications for community sector service contracts managed by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, has been progressively included into the policy and practices of legal and statutory agencies/authorities and is increasingly being used by a range of mainstream service providers.

The purpose of the framework is to:

  • support better identification of, and response to, victims of family and domestic violence regardless of what area of the service sector they come into contact with;
  • ensure service responses are client and safety focused; and
  • support inter-agency collaboration so responses are timely, holistic, streamlined and coordinated.

The Framework sets common practice standards for family and domestic violence screening, risk assessment, risk management, information sharing and referral for all services – mainstream and specialist, government and community sector.

The key components of the Framework are:


*** Common Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework  second edition (PDF)
1  Forms of family and domestic violence (PDF)
2  Indicators of family and domestic violence (PDF)
3  Perpetrator characteristics (PDF)
4  Determining the primary aggressor (PDF)
5  Key risk factors (PDF)
6  Impacts of family and domestic violence on women (PDF)
7  Impacts of family and domestic violence on children (PDF)
8  Responding to diversity (PDF)
9  Information sharing (PDF)

1  Common screening tool (PDF)  or Screening tool
2  Common risk assessment tool (PDF) or Risk assessment tool
3  Guidelines for multi-agency case management (PDF)
3.1  MACM meeting agenda (PDF) or Meeting agenda
3.2  MACM client consent form for information sharing (PDF) or Client consent form
3.3  MACM confidentiality declaration (PDF) or Confidentiality declaration
3.4  Family and domestic violence multi-agency safety plan (PDF) or Multi-agency safety plan
4  Personal safety plan template (PDF) or Personal safety plan
5  Referral form template (PDF) or Referral template

Referral Guide  PDF


The Common Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework - second edition

The second edition of CRARMF extends the original Framework and focus on: 

  •  updating the policy context for the Framework in Western Australia;
  • incorporating recommendations from the 2013 evaluation, including developing information and resources to strengthen information sharing, referral pathways and collaborative case management; 
  • increasing the awareness and understanding about the role of the Framework in supporting an ‘integrated response’;
  • strengthening practice guidance about engaging and responding to perpetrators for the purpose of assessing and managing risk; and
  • modifying the risk assessment tool to better align with the risk assessment process, with provision made for the recording of the victim’s assessment of the level of risk and professional judgement. 
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