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Risk assessment and management framework

Responsible government

  • Northern Territory

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 16 Enable workforces to provide trauma-informed support with a focus on safety and recovery to victims and survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence.

What are we doing?

The Northern Territory Government has committed $29.4 million from 2018-19 to 2020-21 for initiatives under Action Plan 1: Changing Attitudes, Intervening Earlier and Responding Better (2018- 2021) of the Northern Territory’s Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018- 2028: Safe, respected and free from violence. This investment includes the development and implementation of a Risk Assessment and Management Framework (RAMF) and a Common Risk Assessment Tool (CRAT).

The RAMF ensures a consistent standard for identifying, assessing and responding to Territorians at risk of domestic and family violence and promotes an integrated, coordinated service system.

What have we achieved so far?

The Northern Territory Government contracted Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety to undertake extensive stakeholder engagement to inform the development of the RAMF and CRAT.

In July 2020, the Northern Territory Government approved the RAMF and CRAT. Organisations providing a domestic and family violence service may now apply to become prescribed by legislation as Information Sharing Entities and participate in the Northern Territory Domestic and Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme. Applicants must satisfy the Minister for Territory Families they will align their policies, procedures, practice guidance and tools with the RAMF.

The RAMF and CRAT provide a consistent standard for all domestic, family and sexual violence service providers and related organisations and deliver on a number of key commitments from Action Plan 1; the Northern Territory Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Framework; and the Family Safety Framework Review Recommendations.

What is next?

  • Development of training modules to enable organisations to understand and utilise the RAMF and CRAT in order to provide a consistent, coherent and evidence-based framework that guides workers in identifying, assessing, responding to and managing domestic and family violence risk.

What difference will we make?

  • Once the RAMF and CRAT training modules have been implemented, the CRAT will replace the Family Safety Framework risk assessment tool to provide for a contemporary and evidence-based risk assessment process for managing domestic and family violence risk across the Northern Territory.
  • Domestic and family violence service providers will be able to adopt a consistent standard for identifying, assessing and responding to Territorians at risk of domestic and family violence.
  • Territorians at risk of experiencing violence are identified early and provided with effective interventions.
  • Build the capacity of universal services and the community to identify and respond to domestic, family and sexual violence.
  • Build a capable and responsive system and workforce.

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