Domestic and family violence Common Risk and Safety Framework launched

The Queensland Government has launched the updated Domestic and Family Violence Common Risk and Safety Framework (the CRASF). This marks the culmination of a 12-month review to update and strengthen the CRASF to reflect contemporary best practice.

The CRASF serves the critical function of supporting people to identify domestic and family violence so risks can be recognised early, and swift action can be taken to prevent harm from occurring. It outlines a shared understanding and common approach to recognising, assessing, and responding to domestic and family violence, and offers clear practical guidance on undertaking risk assessments and safety planning for victim-survivors of domestic and family violence and their children.

The revised CRASF builds on the first version of the framework with key changes including a new child screening tool, additional factors relating to coercive control, a greater focus on children, priority populations and the victim-survivor’s voice, improved cultural considerations, and an increased focus on the person using violence.

There are three levels of tools embedded in the CRASF for use by government and non-government community service agencies, as well as community members, businesses and others who may come into contact with people experiencing DFV:

  • Level 1 tool – screening tool designed for use by professionals, first responders, and community members
  • Level 2 tool – risk assessment tool designed for specialist domestic and family violence practitioners, selected government workers, and other relevant professionals
  • Level 3 tool – dynamic risk assessment and safety management tool designed specifically for high-risk multi-agency teams.

A phased implementation approach will now commence. Users will be supported to understand more about the CRASF and how it can benefit their work.

To find out more and to access CRASF resources, visit the Department of Justice and Attorney-General website.