DFV common risk and safety framework

The Domestic and family violence common risk and safety framework (the CRASF) is part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to a Queensland free from domestic and family violence (DFV) where people feel safe in their homes and where children can grow and develop in safe, secure environments.

It is a whole-of-system framework that guides the delivery of integrated service responses to enhance the safety of victim-survivors and their children, and to hold perpetrators to account. It articulates a shared understanding, language, and common approach to recognising, assessing and responding to DFV, and offers guidance on best-practice approaches.

The CRASF includes a series of risk assessment and safety planning tools to help keep victim-survivors and their children safe.

  • The Level 1 tool (PDF) (or DOCX) is a screening tool designed for use by professionals, first responders and community members who encounter people who may have experienced DFV. There is a separate screening tool for adults and for children.
  • The Level 2 tool (PDF) (or DOCX) is a risk assessment tool designed for specialist DFV practitioners, selected government workers, and other professionals with a role in responding to DFV. There are 2 parts to the Level 2 tool: a risk assessment tool and a safety planning tool.
  • The Level 3 tool (PDF) (or DOCX) is a dynamic risk assessment and safety management tool designed specifically for coordinated high risk multi-agency teams.

Fact sheets are also available to guide you on how to use the CRASF tools:

Visit the Integrated service systems training hub to access our suite of training resources to support your understanding of the DFV integrated service system (ISS) and the CRASF, including a list of frequently asked questions, an introductory webinar and the voice recording from this webinar.

If you are interested in attending an in-person training session to learn more about the revised CRASF, please visit the Office for Women and Violence Prevention Eventbrite web page to secure your attendance. This training will be an interactive, face-to-face session on how the revised CRASF can be used to enhance integrated service responses to DFV. This session will cover CRASF principles, risk assessment and safety planning, understanding the ISS, and information sharing.

Revision of the CRASF

The CRASF is evidence-based and has been developed through a co-design process with key stakeholders across Queensland.

In 2021 the CRASF was revised to address the Evaluation of the integrated service response and high risk teams trial 2019 and to incorporate contemporary best practice.

Version 2 of the CRASF includes a new child screening tool, additional factors relating to coercive control and technology-facilitated abuse, a greater focus on children and priority population groups, improved cultural considerations, and an increased focus on the person using violence.

Version 1 of the CRASF was developed by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) in 2017.

Contact

If you require information on the CRASF please send an email to DFVIntegratedServices@justice.qld.gov.au.