The Common Risk Assessment Framework (CRAF)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Please click on the relevant session links below to register.
These courses are very popular and tend to fill up quickly! 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.
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.
Please click on the relevant session link to register.
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.
- Spec05 Goulburn (Shepparton), 22nd June (COURSE FULL - please register your interest)
Need more information?
For further information or assistance contact the DVRCV Training Team on 9486 9866 or at email@example.com.