This updated version of the Foundation Knowledge Guide (2021) includes information from both the victim survivor and perpetrator-focused practice lenses to provide a complete resource for all professionals and organisations with responsibilities under the MARAM Framework.
It includes evidence-based information about the effects and experiences of risk across a range of age groups, as well as in Aboriginal communities, diverse communities and at-risk age groups, including children, young people and older people.
2.1 A shared responsibility
It builds on the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission, and most importantly, it provides the basis for a consistent, system-wide shared responsibility to identify, screen, assess and manage family violence across a broad range of workforces and services.
This shared responsibility stretches between individual professionals, services and whole sectors.
It gives services more options to keep victim survivors safe, and provides a stronger, more collaborative approach to holding perpetrators accountable for their actions and behaviours.
2.2 About this guide
The Foundation Knowledge Guide covers:
- a principles-based approach to practice
- the legislative authorising environment for practice under the MARAM Framework
- an overview of the service system, including entry points for service users (both victim survivors and perpetrators)
- guidance for organisational leaders, individual professionals and services to identify the responsibilities that make up their role, and how to use the victim-survivor and perpetrator-focused MARAM Practice Guides in their work
- information about family violence — including the definition under the Act, behaviours that constitute family violence, evidence-based risk factors and presentations of risk for victim survivors caused by perpetrators’ use of violence, across age groups, and across communities
- working with child and adult victim survivors and adult perpetrators of family violence, including concepts of the predominant aggressor and misidentification
- key concepts for practice, including structured professional judgement, intersectional analysis, trauma and violence–informed practice, person or victim-centred practice, and the legislation supporting information sharing.