DFV common risk and safety framework

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


A revision of the framework is currently underway, in response to an independent evaluation completed in 2019 which made recommendations for further strengthening the framework. Validation of the framework is expected to occur as part of this revision. Agencies and services should take this into consideration when deciding how they use version 1 of the framework to support their responses to DFV. We will provide ongoing updates regarding the progress of this revision. Please contact us by emailing DFSVServiceSystemReform@justice.qld.gov.au with any questions.

About the framework

The framework was commissioned by the former Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (CSYW) and developed by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) in 2017.

The framework’s key objective is to enhance the safety of victims (and their children) and hold perpetrators to account through integrated service responses that prevent the escalation and repetition of DFV.

The framework has been developed for use by government and non-government community service agencies. It articulates a shared understanding, language and common approach to recognising, assessing and responding to DFV risk and safety action planning, including common minimum standards and approaches.

It has been informed by the evidence-base—including the literature and approaches in other jurisdictions—and a co-design process with key stakeholders across Queensland.

The framework is intended to provide guidance and a sound platform for the development of integrated responses to DFV across Queensland, while being flexible enough to support local initiatives, placed-based strategies and innovation in response to DFV.

The framework contains the following key components:

  1. A shared understanding and definition of DFV, key principles and risk factors.
  2. Foundations for practice.
  3. A common tiered approach to risk assessment, risk management and safety action planning.

The framework can be used as part of formal or informal integrated responses to recognising, assessing and responding to DFV and should be considered alongside the Information sharing guidelines to support the receiving/sharing of information for the purpose of risk assessment and management.

The framework’s level 3 risk assessment tool is designed to be used specifically by multi-agency, high-risk teams, which may only exist in some locations across Queensland.

The framework in practice

Version 1 of the framework has been progressively used since 2017 in integrated service response trial and high-risk team locations in:

  • Cairns
  • Cherbourg
  • Ipswich
  • Logan/Beenleigh
  • Mackay
  • Moreton Bay (Brisbane and Caboolture)
  • Mount Isa/Gulf.