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More Training To Identify And Respond To Family Violence

16 June 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is helping professionals identify, assess and manage the risk of family violence with an additional $675,000 for training.

Following the Royal Commission into Family Violence, there has been increased demand for training in the Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework, also known as the common risk assessment framework, or CRAF.

This additional funding will ensure that this vital training will continue to be delivered throughout Victoria.

The CRAF was launched in 2007 and has helped practitioners working in a wide range of fields to understand and identify risk factors associated with family violence and respond consistently and appropriately.

The Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria provides CRAF training and since 2007, more than 6,500 workers have participated in the training.

Training will continue statewide while the Labor Government reviews and redevelops the current CRAF – delivering on the first recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Hundreds of people have already contributed to the review of the CRAF, being conducted by Monash University, through an online survey, interviews and focus groups.

The next phase of redevelopment is due to begin from July to be completed by December 2017.

This additional funding boost for training comes on top of the Labor Government’s $572 million response to the Royal Commission’s recommendations.

It also supports the Government’s $168 million Roadmap for Reform, which places an even greater focus on early intervention and prevention to mitigate the effects of family violence.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“This investment in training is crucial to give our family violence specialists and other frontline professionals the best tools to identify, assess and manage risk to victims of family violence.”

“While we know it is important to update the CRAF, ensuring it remains relevant and evidence-based; we also know how significant it has already been in identifying and responding to thousands of people who experience family violence.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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