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Professional Standards and Codes of Practice

Professional Standards and Codes of Practice

Professional Standards and Codes of Practice

On this page you can find Codes of Practice, standards and guidelines that impact a range of professionals and services responding to family violence in Victoria. 

These include: 

  • Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) framewor
  • DV Vic Code of Practice
  • Victoria Police Code of Practice for the investigation of Family Violence
  • Men’s Behaviour Change Minimum Standards
  • Child Safe Standards
  • Women and Children Counselling and Support Program guidelines (DHHS)
  • OurWatch Guidelines for Reporting Violence Against Women 

Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) Framework 

In Victoria, the legislation used to ensure all workers across the response system are effectively and consistently identifying, assessing and managing family violence risk is called the Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) framework.

download the MARAM Framework 

check out the marAM Practice Guides and Resources


DV Vic Code of Practice  

The DV Vic Code of Practice (2nd edition) articulates a set of principles and standards to guide consistent, quality service provision for victim survivors accessing specialist family violence services in Victoria. 

Download the DV vic Code of Practice

To read more about the implications of the Code, check out our interview with DV Vic’s Senior Practice Development Advisor, Erin Davis. 


Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence

Victoria Police’s response to, and investigation of, family violence is governed by this Code of Practice, relevant legislation and the Victoria Police Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct.

Download the Victoria Police Code of Practice


Men’s Behaviour Change Minimum Standards

The Minimum Standards apply to all providers of men's behaviour change programs in Victoria. They outline the standards and good practice guidelines those doing men's behaviour change work in Victoria must adhere to.  

Download the standards 


Child Safe Standards 

All Victorian organisations that provide services or facilities to children are required by law to comply with the Child Safe Standards. You can learn more about the standards on the DHHS website or the Commission for Children and Young People's website


Women and Children Counselling and Support Program guidelines (DHHS)

These guidelines are a reflective practice tool individual practitioners and specialist family violence services. They guide quality practice and continuous improvement to ensure women and children recovering from the impacts of family violence receive the best support possible. 

Download the guidelines


OurWatch Guidelines for Reporting Violence Against Women

These guidelines provide information and tips to support media organisations across Australia to report on violence against women.

Check out the guidelines