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

Find the latest news and information about the 5-year evidence review for Quarter 3 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 first five-year evidence review. Key activities included Project Plan, completion of a draft Literature Review, and planning and ethics approvals for consultation.

In May 2023, FSV also engaged Monash University to undertake a Data Review. The Data Review will determine what MARAM risk factor data is available across the service system and analyse this data to better understand the links between MARAM risk factors and seriousness of risk and lethality.

What is planned next?

Allen & Clarke Consulting is conducting stakeholder consultation during May and June 2023. There are many ways you can participate including through surveys, interviews and focus groups and written submissions. If you have not yet received invitation information from Allen & Clarke Consulting but would like to participate, contact the MARAM Review Team at

Final reports from the reviews conducted by Allen & Clarke Consulting and Monash University will detail findings and recommendations and inform continuous improvement of the MARAM Framework. The reports will be provided to FSV by the end of 2023.