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The Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM)-previously known as the common risk assessment framework or ‘CRAF’ has been redeveloped to address the issues and gaps identified by the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Coronial Inquest into the death of Luke Geoffrey Batty and the 2016 Monash Review of the framework.

The aim of the MARAM Framework is to increase the safety and wellbeing of Victorians by ensuring all relevant services are contributing effectively to the identification, assessment and management of family violence risk.

To achieve this, the Framework has been established in law under a new Part 11 of the Family Violence Protection Act 2008. This requires organisations that are prescribed through regulations, as well as organisations providing funded services relevant to family violence risk assessment and management, to align their policies, procedures, practice guidance and tools to the MARAM Framework.

The MARAM Framework provides policy guidance to organisations prescribed under regulations that have responsibilities in assessing and managing family violence risk. It will support prescribed organisations to recognise a wider range of risk indicators for children, older people and diverse communities, across identities, family and relationship types and will keep perpetrators in view and hold them accountable for their actions and behaviours.

Under MARAM:

  • all parts of the service system will have a shared understanding of risk assessment and management
  • professionals will have the skills and a framework to guide appropriate risk management action
  • there is a clear understanding of the responsibilities of other parts of the system to coordinate and implement safety and accountability planning.

A range of organisations were prescribed under MARAM on the 27 September 2018. Please see implementation for more information. 

A range of resources to support organisations to meet their obligations under MARAM is available in the resources section of the website.

MARAM practice guidance

MARAM practice guidance is currently in development.