Five-year evidence review (MARAM Framework and practice guides)

Find the latest news and information about the 5-year evidence review for Quarter 2 2022-23.

What is the 5-year evidence review?

The Family Violence Protection Act 2008 (Vic) requires periodic reviews of the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) evidence base every 5 years.

The first of these reviews will examine key aspects of the MARAM Framework’s supporting resources, including victim survivor-focused MARAM Practice Guides and tools, published in 2019.

The review will:

  • assess whether the approved framework reflects the current evidence of best practices of family violence risk assessment and family violence risk management.
  • recommend if any changes are required to ensure the approved framework is consistent with those best practices.

What has been achieved so far?

In November 2022, FSV engaged Allen & Clarke Consulting to undertake the 5-year evidence review, and they are currently working on an ethics application, literature review and consultation planning. The project team is planning for consultation to commence in March 2023. If you would like more information about the 5-year evidence review, contact the MARAM Review Team at

What is planned next?

A final report on the review will detail findings and recommendations and inform continuous improvement of the MARAM Framework and will be provided to FSV by the end of 2023.