Family violence multi-agency risk assessment and management framework

Helping to create a more collaborative, integrated system to support improved safety and wellbeing outcomes for all Victorians.

The Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) has been developed to increase the safety and wellbeing of Victorians by supporting relevant services to effectively identify, assess and manage family violence risk. The MARAM sets out key principles and elements that should be embedded into policies, procedures, service delivery and practice, and identifies the responsibilities of various organisations and staff across the system.

The MARAM has been established in law under a new Part 11 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008. Although not all relevant organisations are yet included in the MARAM regulations, any organisation providing funded services relevant to family violence risk assessment and management should commence aligning their policies, procedures, practice guidance and tools to the MARAM.

Aligning practices, procedures and policies to the MARAM will be a gradual process, with organisations beginning from different starting points and continuing to improve over time. It is not expected that all organisations will be able to implement all the requirements of the MARAM immediately. However, it is expected that organisations will start taking steps towards alignment. 

The MARAM is being rolled out in alignment with the Child and Family Violence information sharing schemes. 

For more information on the sharing schemes, see the Information sharing page or the Information sharing schemes and the MARAM framework page on the Vic.Gov website.

MARAM training

Government has funded the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) to deliver a number of targeted training packages: 

  • Leading Alignment training, for leaders of organisations providing funded services relevant to family violence risk assessment and management
  • Comprehensive renewing practice training, for experienced specialist family violence practitioners 
  • Comprehensive’ training for new family violence specialists. 

To help you understand your organisational and staff responsibilities under MARAM, and identify the right training sessions for your staff, please see the MARAM responsibilities: Decision guide for organisational leaders available from the MARAM practice guides and resources page of the Vic.Gov website.

To register for training, please see the Our Courses page of the DVRCV website. 

Further MARAM training packages covering ‘screening and identification’ and ‘brief and intermediate practice’ are being tailored for Department of Health and Human Services workforces and will be delivered in coming months. For more information, please email the DHHS Information Sharing and MARAM Implementation team

The MARAM practice guides

The MARAM practice guides can be accessed from the MARAM practice guides and resources page of the Vic.Gov website, and include: 

  • Foundational Knowledge guide
  • Responsibilities for Practice Guides 1 – 10

Foundational Knowledge guide

This guide underpins all MARAM responsibilities for practice. It outlines key elements of the MARAM Framework, the service system, the evidence-based family violence risk factors that underpin all levels of risk assessment practice, and presentations of risk across different age groups, Aboriginal and diverse communities. The Foundational Knowledge Guide is required reading for all professionals including those in direct practice roles, leadership, governance, management and supervision.

Responsibilities for Practice Guides 1 – 10

Guides 1-10 reflect each of the ten responsibilities set out in the MARAM. These guides build on Foundational Knowledge to provide practice guidance from safe engagement, identification of risk, through to levels of risk assessment and management, secondary consultation and referral, information sharing, and multi-agency and coordinated practice. The practice guides also inform how the MARAM risk assessment tools are used. Professionals should work with their organisational leaders to understand their role and to identify which responsibilities they should be applying in practice.

For further information please email Information sharing.