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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 2017 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.


Please note we are currently scheduling a number of CRAF sessions throughout each region of Victoria over the remainder of 2017. Please continue to check our website over the next month as we continue to add to our training calendar. 

If there are no dates for the region or location you want, or the course is currently full, please REGISTER YOUR INTEREST and we will notify you as soon as we schedule a session in your nominated locale.

Date Location  
Monday 24 July (PM) St Kilda Register
Tuesday 25 July (PM) CBD Register
Friday 28 July Traralgon Register
Monday 31 July (PM) Doncaster Register
Tuesday 1 Aug CBD Register
Wednesday 2 Aug Doncaster Register
Friday 4 Aug Benalla Register
Monday 7 Aug (PM) CBD Register
Friday 18 Aug CBD Register
Monday 21 Aug (PM) CBD Register
Thursday 24 Aug (PM) Bacchus Marsh Register
Tuesday 29 Aug Dandenong Register
Thursday 31 Aug CBD Register
Thursday 31 Aug (PM) Echuca Register
Monday 4 Sep (PM) Ringwood Register
Tuesday 5 Sep CBD Register
Tuesday 12 Sep Northcote Register
Tuesday 19 Sep (PM) CBD Register
Wednesday 27 Sep CBD Register
Tuesday 10 Oct (PM) Sunshine Register
Wednesday 25 Oct (PM) Horsham Register
Monday 30 Oct (PM) Dandenong Register
Thursday 2 Nov Mildura Register
Wednesday 8 Nov (PM) Werribee Register
Thursday 9 Nov  Bendigo Register
Wednesday 15 Nov (PM) Benalla Register
Tuesday 14 Nov (PM) Ballarat Register
Monday 20 Nov (PM) Broadmeadows Register
Thursday 23 Nov Geelong Register
Thursday 23 Nov Traralgon Register

If there are no dates for the Region or Location you want, or if the course is currently full, please REGISTER YOUR INTEREST and we will notify you as soon as we schedule a session in your nominated locale. Further dates for metropolitan and regional CRAF delivery will continue to be posted over the next month. 

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. 

NOTE: It is expected that participants in this course will have previously completed significant FV training and are familiar with and/or already using the CRAF tool. If you are not a specialist family violence worker we suggest you complete CRAF Preliminary Risk Assessment.  


Please note we are currently scheduling a number of CRAF sessions throughout each region of Victoria. We will be running these sessions several times over the next 6-12 months so if you are unable to attend an early session this will be run again. Please continue to check our website over the next month as we continue to add to our training calendar. 

Dates for CRAF Specialist sessions are:

Date Location  
Thursday 27 July Traralgon Register
Thursday 3 Aug Benalla Register
Thursday 3 Aug CBD Register
Tuesday 8 Aug Sunshine Register
Tuesday 15 Aug Northcote Register
Wednesday 16 Aug Dandenong Register
Friday 18 Aug Cheltenham Register
Wednesday 23 Aug Bacchus Marsh Register
Thursday 24 Aug CBD Register
Wednesday 30 Aug CBD Register
Friday 1 Sep Bendigo Register
Thursday 7 Sep Sunshine Register
Wednesday 13 Sep CBD Register
Wednesday 13 Sep Ringwood Register
Thursday 14 Sep Frankston Register
Friday 22 Sep CBD Register
Thursday 28 Sep CBD Register
Wednesday 11 Oct Geelong Register
Tuesday 17 Oct Dandenong Register
Tuesday 24 Oct Broadmeadows Register
Thursday 26 Oct Stawell Register
Wednesday 15 Nov Ballarat Register
Thursday 16 Nov Benalla Register
Wednesday 22 Nov Sale Register

If there are no dates for your preferred Region or Location, or if the course is currently full, please REGISTER YOUR INTEREST and we will notify you as soon as we schedule a session in your nominated area. We thank you for your patience.


Tailored training

From February 2017, DVRCV will also deliver a range of training packages on a fee-for-service basis or tailor these training packages to suit your organisation's needs. To express interest in booking customised training for 2017, please complete the online form via the link below. 


Need more information?

For further information or assistance contact the DVRCV Training Team on 9486 9666 or at