National risk assessment principles for family and domestic violence

The Third Action Plan under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan) commits the Australian Government to developing and implementing National Risk Assessment and Safety Management Principles for victims and perpetrators of violence, based on evidence, including the risks that are present for children and other family members who experience or are exposed to violence (National Priority Area 3, Action Item 3.1).  ANROWS has been funded by the Commonwealth to produce the National Risk Assessment and Safety Management Principles for Family and Domestic Violence.

The National Risk Assessment Principles that ANROWS is developing are expected to: be relevant to, and appropriate for, front line workers/first responders assisting victims of family and domestic violence (FDV) who operate at different levels in multiple sectors and from multiple disciplines; reflect best-practice and be informed by the latest national and international practitioner and academic research; complement and build on the work undertaken in other jurisdictions and/or by ANROWS; and be developed in consultation with key stakeholders.

The National Risk Assessment Principles will provide an overarching conceptual understanding of risk and managing risk in the area of family and domestic violence, with the intention of keeping women and children safe. The principles will not replace existing state and territory frameworks; instead they provide a guide for policy makers and practitioners to develop risk assessment tools and resources.

The project approach and methodology are outlined in the project information sheet (below). All consultation strategies and opportunities for feedback will be publicised via national and state peak body communications, through already established family and domestic violence networks, ANROWS Notepad and on the ANROWS website.

If you would like any further information about the project at this initial stage or have any questions, please contact Ms Cherie Toivonen, Senior Research Officer, Risk Assessment or Ms Corina Backhouse, Project Officer.

 National risk assessment principles for family and domestic violence: Project information sheet