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 Operational Responses

Operational Responses

 

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

The Western Australian Family and Domestic Violence Common Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework (CRARMF) has been introduced in Western Australia.

CRARMF sets common practice standards for family and domestic violence screening, risk assessment, risk management and risk monitoring for all services – mainstream and specialist, government and non-government – in the Western Australian service sector.

The purpose of the CRARMF is to:

  1. 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
  2. ensure service responses are client and safety focused, and
  3. support inter-agency collaboration so responses are timely, holistic, streamlined and coordinated.

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Family and Domestic Violence Response Team

The Family and Domestic Violence Response Team (FDVRT) is a partnership between the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, WA Police and community sector family and domestic violence services.

The FDVRT aims to improve the safety of child and adult victims of family and domestic violence through a collaborative approach that focuses on timely and early intervention following a police call out to a domestic violence incident. There is a FDVRT in every child protection district and in most regions the team is co-located.

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Multi-agency Case Management

Multi-agency case management (MACM) is a critical feature of an effective integrated response. It provides a platform for agencies to share information, develop comprehensive risk assessments, plan strategies to mitigate risks and work towards child and adult victim safety and perpetrator accountability. MACM is also important for creating transparency and accountability between agencies about their roles and responsibilities in responding to family and domestic violence.

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Amendments to the Children and Community Services Act 2004

Following a review of the Children and Community Services Act 2004, a number of amendments came into operation from 1 January 2016.

A comprehensive summary of the amendments, information sharing fact sheet and other resources are provided here.

In terms of family and domestic violence, the amendments:

•  broaden the definition of ‘relevant information’ to support the exchange of information with or without consent, relevant to the safety of a person experiencing or perpetrating family and domestic violence;

•  remove psychological abuse as a separate ground for a child being in need of protection under s.28, and stipulate that emotional abuse includes (a) psychological abuse and (b) exposing a child to an act of family and domestic violence;

•  acknowledge the emotional harm caused by those who perpetrate family and domestic violence; and

•  enable prescribed authorities to exchange relevant information with certain non-government providers and schools in addition to exchanging relevant information with one another. 

The amended Children and Community Services Act 2004 is available for downloading here.  

 

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