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The Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF)

CRAF training materials (handbooks, handouts and DVD)

The Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF) aims to help practitioners and professionals identify and respond to risk factors associated with family violence. It was developed in consultation with Victorian family violence service providers, police and courts and based upon international research. It is the basis of the integrated family violence service system in Victoria. It provides a common language for all agencies to talk about risk assessment and promotes a shared understanding of the issues underpinning family violence.

DVRCV will be delivering CRAF Risk Assessment Training (Practice Guide 2) and CRAF Specialist Training (Practice Guide 3) in 2016 across a number of regions in Victoria. This training is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

CRAF Materials and resources, including the Manual, training handbooks and video, are available on The Lookout: Your place for family violence information website.

Which CRAF training should I undertake?

It is important to identify the training most suited to your job role and function. If you are unsure please email

Identifying Family Violence (Practice Guide 1)

This practice guide is to be used when family violence is suspected but not confirmed. It is primarily intended for use by professionals in mainstream settings, if they are concerned that a client might be a victim of family violence. If your professional role includes working with victims of family violence, you may use this guide to identify family violence before implementing the assessment outlined in Practice guide 2 or 3.

You should use this guide if you are:

  • maternal and child health nurses
  • general practitioners and other health care providers
  • teachers and education professionals
  • professionals who are working for a telephone helpline
  • HACC workers
  • Victoria Police members
  • Child Protection workers
  • disability service workers
  • Centrelink staff
  • Professionals working in mediation centres, court settings, community legal centre or housing and homelessness services

Training in Practice Guide 1 is currently available as an online e-learning module through the eCRAF portal

CRAF Risk Assessment (Practice Guide 2)

This guide assists professionals who work with victims of family violence and play a role in initial risk assessment, but for whom responses to family violence are not their only core business. 

You should use this guide if you are:

  • a member of Victoria Police
  • a professional working in a court setting
  • a professional working in a community legal centre
  • a professional working in a child protection context
  • a professional working in housing and homelessness services.

CRAF Risk Assessment training is a half day (4 hours) with morning tea provided.


If there are currently no sessions available in your region, please register your interest and we will notify you once new dates are set for that location.

NEW dates for August and September CRAF RA sessions currently open are:

RA21601 CRAF RA Thursday 4 August, 2016 - CBD - FULL

RA21602 CRAF RA Wednesday 10 August, 2016 - CBD

RA21603 CRAF RA Friday 19 August 2016 - CBD

RA21604 CRAF RA Tuesday 23 August 2016 - PAKENHAM, Southern Region

RA21605 CRAF RA Friday 26 August 2016 - MILDURA

RA21606 CRAF RA Wednesday 31 August, 2016 - BROADMEADOWS, Nthn Metro Region

RA21607 CRAF RA Thursday 8 September - FRANKSTON, Bayside Region

RA21608 CRAF RA Thursday 8 September - MANSFIELD, Ovens Murray

RA21609 CRAF RA Friday 9 September - WANGARATTA

RA21610 CRAF RA Monday 12 September 2016 - CBD

RA21611 CRAF RA Wednesday 28 September 2016 - CBD

RA21612 CRAF RA Thursday 4 October 2016 - MOORABBIN

RA21613 CRAF RA Monday 24 October, 2016 - CBD

RA21614 CRAF RA Wednesday 26 October - RINGWOOD, Outer East Region

RA21615 CRAF RA - Ringwood - TBC

RA21616 CRAF RA Wednesday 9 November 2016 - CBD

RA216017 CRAF RA Monday 5 December 2016 - CBD

Further dates for metropolitan and regional CRAF delivery will be posted soon - we will be offering CRAF RA in every region this semester.

We thank you for your patience.

CRAF Specialist Training (Practice Guide 3)

This training is aimed at family violence professionals who work with women and children who are victims of family violence. Practitioners will have advanced skills in engaging clients around family violence matters, safety planning and case management. These professionals have family violence responses as a designated part of their job role, or work in specialist family violence services. This training is for professionals who work within:

  • specialist women`s family violence services
  • men`s behaviour change programs
  • family violence counselling
  • a specialist family violence accommodation service
  • specialist family violence courts
  • Victoria Police (Family Violence unit/equivalent) 

CRAF Specialist training is a full day (7 hours) and is catered.


If there are currently no sessions available in your region, please register your interest and we will notify you once new dates are set for that location.

NEW dates for September CRAF Specialist sessions currently open are:

S21601 CRAF Specialist Thursday 25 August, 2016 - MILDURA

S21602 CRAF Specialist Friday 2 September, 2016  - CBD

S21603 CRAF Specialist Wednesday 14 September 2016 - Box Hill - TBC

S21604 CRAF Specialist Thursday 6 October 2016 - PRESTON, Northern Metro Region

S21605 CRAF Specialist Thursday 6 October 2016 - GEELONG, Barwon Region

S21606 CRAF Specialist Monday 10 October 2016 - CBD

S21607 CRAF Specialist Thursday 13 October 2016 - DANDENONG 

S21608 CRAF Specialist Thursday 24 November - CBD

S21609 CRAF Specialist Wednesday 30 November - CBD

S21610 CRAF Specialist - TRARALGON - TBC

NEW dates will be available soon for futher Specialist CRAF sessions across Regions for the rest of this year.

We thank you for your patience.


Need more information?

For further information or assistance contact the DVRCV Training Team on 9486 9866 or at