Family Safety Framework

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If you witness or experience domestic or family violence, call the police on 131 444 or 000 in an emergency.

In the Northern Territory, you must report domestic and family violence to the police. Mandatory reporting requirements apply to all persons over 18 years of age.

How to report Domestic, family and sexual violence

You must also report your concerns if you believe a child is being, or has been harmed or abused.

How to report Child abuse

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

You could be saving someone's life.


Working together to protect the community

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

The FSF is part of the Northern Territory Government's ongoing commitment to tackling DFV and assisting families and individuals in receiving immediate and holistic support for both high-risk victim survivors and people who commit DFV.

The FSF operates in Alice Springs, Darwin, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Yuendumu. Northern Territory Police lead the operation of the FSF, with policy and funding support provided by the Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities.

Domestic and family violence risk assessment and management framework

The Northern Territory Government Domestic and Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework (RAMF) provides a consistent and evidence-based way to identify, assess, respond to and manage DFV risk across the Northern Territory. The RAMF is a key action under the Northern Territory's Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Reduction Framework 2018-2028 Safe, respected and free from violence and is a key component of the DFV Information Sharing Scheme.

The purpose of the RAMF is to increase the safety and wellbeing of victim survivors of DFV, and to increase the accountability of people who commit DFV.

When assessing and managing the risk of DFV, it is important that services work together, sharing evidence based understanding, language and approaches.

The RAMF includes a number of practice guides and tools, including the Common Risk Assessment Tool  (CRAT). The CRAT replaces the former FSF Risk Assessment Tool to refer clients to the FSF.

The use of the RAMF and its tools, including the CRAT, is supported by free training for workers and services across the Northern Territory. Two stand-alone full day workshops are available, targeted to the level of expertise and in line with different services' roles in DFV risk management as outlined in the RAMF.

The risk assessment and management training replaces the former FSF training for workers referring clients to the FSF and/or attending FSF meetings. For more information about the free risk assessment and management training and to identify which workshop you should attend, please read the FAQs.

For training schedules and to book your place in a workshop, please visit the training calendar and registration page. If the session you want is booked out, note further sessions will become available throughout the year. FSF members are prioritised for places at workshop 2 in all locations.

The FSF also accepts referrals under cross border arrangements to ensure families and individuals residing in the SA/NT remote regions can access support.

Please contact us or view our local support contact numbers.

For local service providers and women's shelter and outreach services in your area, please visit the get help webpage.