This framework has 6 Key Components. It is designed so people can easily access the component that is relevant to their current work or needs, having first become familiar with the shared understandings and definitions in Key Component 1.

There are practice guides and fact sheets to support people in their work. References to the guides and fact sheets are included in the relevant spots throughout the framework so that people can easily access the ones that are appropriate to them.

Framework sections

Introductionwhy we need a new approach.

Scope – who should use the framework and how can it be applied.

Practice values to provide  a base for how we deliver this framework in our work.

Key Component 1:  Shared understandings is foundational to all other components - This component sets out definitions and understandings about the dynamics of domestic and family violence upon which all practice is based. This component also outlines shared understandings about risk assessment and risk management and the critical purpose and place of these in providing responses to domestic and family violence. It is through this shared and agreed understanding we will create a more integrated, coordinated and consistent response to domestic and family violence in the ACT.

Key Component 2: Screening - outlines how and when to ask questions about domestic and family violence and some of the preconditions to support that. While studies clearly show that screening (asking all service users set questions) is preferred by women, this section is designed to also support asking individual women about possible violence in their lives.

Key Component 3: Risk assessment - outlines how to undertake a risk assessment (after violence has been identified) and how to get as clear a picture as possible of the risk.

Key Component 4: Risk management- reiterates ALL risk must be managed, outlines how that can be undertaken and provides some practice guides and proformas to support management of risk in partnership with the victim-survivor.

Key Component 5: Children and young people - provides a starting point for thinking about how to best support children and young people who are living with domestic and family violence and outlines some models for how to do that work. It is expected more work will be done by experts in the children and young people sector and domestic and family violence sector in the future to develop practice guides and tools that will be added to this framework.

Key Component 6: Responding to perpetrators - provides some information about perpetrators that can assist in work with victim-survivors and outlines what all services can do to contribute to holding perpetrators to account.

Practice guides

Fact sheets

Resources (Abbreviations, glossary and references)

Page updated: 10 May 2022