MARAM and information sharing

A shared approach to risk assessment and information sharing

The Family Violence MARAM framework, the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme, the Child Information Sharing Scheme and the Central Information Point support a consistent approach to assessing and managing the risk of family violence.

They also increase collaboration between services through information sharing. They support workforces to understand their responsibilities in identifying and responding to family violence. They help us respond to family violence in more accessible and equitable ways.

Key activity in 2022

  • In 2021–22, 43,191 professionals across family violence, health, education, justice and other social service settings received MARAM training. This brings the total to more than 107,456 professionals from over 6,000 government and non-government organisations who have now undertaken training since commencement of the reforms in 2018.
  • As part of the expanded MARAM training, frontline universal services workforces, such as health and education workers, received victim survivor-focused training to assist them to respond appropriately and effectively, including through collaboration with other services.
  • Family violence training and resources aligned with the MARAM framework were developed for public maternity services. In 2022, public maternity staff completed 1,452 units of training. Key record-keeping systems were updated to include screening questions which support maternity service providers to screen and identify patients for family violence and refer them to appropriate services in accordance with the MARAM framework.
  • We commenced development of additional MARAM guidance and tools for working directly with children and young people to identify, assess and manage family violence risk and wellbeing. This work is part of the continuous improvement model underpinning the MARAM framework. The standalone practice guides and tools are anticipated for release in 2024 and will support all workforces prescribed under the MARAM framework to undertake:
    • direct risk and wellbeing assessment and management for children and young people as victim survivors in their own right
    • risk and wellbeing assessment for young people using family violence in the home and in dating relationships
  • We published and commenced implementation of the comprehensive Adults using violence MARAM practice guides to support specialist workforces responding to and working with perpetrators to identity and respond to coercive control and misidentification and to manage risks of system abuse. As part of this work, we launched the MARAM Predominant Aggressor Identification tool and practice guidance to support professionals across the family violence system, including police, to accurately identify perpetrators of family violence who are claiming to be victims.
  • For further information on the implementation of MARAM in 2021–22, please refer to the MARAM framework annual report 2021–22.