Family Safety Framework

The purpose of the Family Safety Framework is to provide an action-based integrated service response to individuals and families experiencing family or domestic violence who are at HIGH risk of serious injury or death.

A Family Safety Framework project was introduced in Alice Springs in July 2012 as part of an Integrated Response to Family and Domestic Violence Project, established through the Alice Springs Transformation Plan with assistance from the Northern Territory Government and the Australian Federal Government.

The Family Safety Framework is part of the Northern Territory Government’s ongoing commitment to tackling Family and Domestic Violence and assisting families to receive immediate and holistic support for both high risk victims and perpetrators of violence.


Family Safety Framework Forms/Documents
Risk Assessment Form PDF  WORD
Referral Form PDF  WORD
Information Sharing Protocol PDF  
Confidentiality Declaration PDF  
Information for Victims PDF  
Process Flow Chart PDF  
Snapshot PDF  
Practice Manual PDF  

The success of the project in Alice Springs since 2012, has led to the Family Safety Framework being rolled out across other Northern Territory locations including; Katherine in April 2015; Tennant Creek and Darwin in May 2015; Yuendumu in October 2015 and Nhulunbuy in January 2016

This project is a co-ordinated effort between key agencies. It is currently lead by the NT Police through its Domestic Violence Prevention Unit in partnership with:

  • Territory Families 
  • Department of the Attorney-General & Justice  (including Correctional Services)
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Department of Health (Public Hospitals and other health services)
  • Department of Correctional Services
  • Commonwealth Department of Human Services (Centrelink)
  • Women’s Shelter & Outreach Services
  • Local Service Providers

The Family Safety Framework project also has the ability to offer referral to frameworks in the ‘Cross Border’ jurisdiction to ensure families and individuals residing in the SA/NT remote regions are continually supported under the both Government’s commitment to Family & Domestic Violence strategies.

Family Safety Framework Training

For those agencies whose employees will be actively working with families and individuals; please ensure you enrol in the one-day training seminar.  This will enable workers to better understand the objective and processes of the Family Safety Framework, as well as enabling confidence when making referrals and identifying the key supporting agencies for the Family Safety Framework project in your location.

For ALL enrolment enquiries and bookings, please refer to the specific tab for you location

Remember to clearly indicate the session date and location in which you are enrolling and provide your current contact details

Enrolment for each session will be capped at 25 participants

If you witness or experience domestic or family violence

Phone Police on 131 444 or if it is an Emergency phone 000

Mandatory Reporting of Domestic Violence applies to all persons over 18 years of age.

If you see it or suspect it, report it, it’s the law!