Domestic and family violence risk assessment and management

The Northern Territory Government Domestic and Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework (RAMF) provides a consistent and evidence-based way to identify, assess, respond to and manage domestic and family violence risk across the Northern Territory.

Domestic and Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework

The  Northern Territory Government Domestic and Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework PDF (1.4 MB) (RAMF) provides a consistent and evidence-based way to identify, assess, respond to and manage domestic and family violence (DFV) risk across the Northern Territory.

The RAMF is a key action under the Northern Territory Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018-2028 Safe, Respected and Free from Violence PDF (2.8 MB) and is a key component of the DFV Information Sharing Scheme.

The purpose of the RAMF is to increase the safety and wellbeing of victim survivors of DFV, and to increase the accountability of people who commit DFV.

When assessing and managing the risk of DFV, it is important that services work together, sharing evidence based understanding, language and approaches.

RAMF Training

Training for workers and services in using the RAMF and the Common Risk Assessment Tool (CRAT) will be available in late 2020. Dates for the sessions will be available soon.

Common Risk Assessment Tool (CRAT)

The CRAT is an evidence based tool used to assess DFV risk, particularly the risk factors which are predictive of harm or death of a DFV victim survivor.

From 1 February 2021, for DFV victim survivors assessed as being at serious risk of harm or death, the CRAT can also be used to refer a client to a Family Safety Framework meeting in Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, Yuendumu. This is discussed further in RAMF Practice Guide 3 – Managing DFV Risk.

Family Safety Framework

The Family Safety Framework (FSF) is part of the Northern Territory Government’s ongoing commitment to respond to victim survivors at serious risk of DFV.

The purpose of the FSF is to provide an action-based integrated service response to victim survivors of DFV who are at serious risk of injury or death.

FSF meetings operate in Alice Springs, Darwin, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Yuendumu. The operational lead of the FSF is the Northern Territory Police, and the policy lead is provided by Department Territory Families, Housing and Communities.

The FSF was introduced in Alice Springs in July 2012 as part of an Integrated Response to Family and Domestic Violence Project PDF (17.4 MB), established with assistance from the Northern Territory Government and the Australian Federal Government. The FSF was expanded to Katherine, Tennant Creek, Darwin and Yuendumu in 2015, and Nhulunbuy in 2016.

The Family Safety Framework was reviewed in 2016-17 .

Emergency contacts, services and mandatory reporting

For local service providers and women’s shelter and outreach services in your area, see support contacts here .

In an emergency call the police on 000 or 131 444.

Under Northern Territory (NT) law, all adults over 18 must report domestic and family violence and child abuse to NT police.

Information about mandatory reporting of domestic and family violence is here.

Information about mandatory reporting of child abuse is here.

Last updated: 05 November 2020

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