The Family Law DOORS Risk Screening Tool
Family Transitions, in conjunction with Relationships Australia (SA), have developed The Family Law DOORS (Detection of Overall Risk Screen), a standardised front line screening tool to better enable identification of safety and wellbeing risks for clients across the family law system.
The DOORS is an empirically based risk and wellbeing screen. It has been reviewed and refined by researchers and senior practitioners, both across Australia and internationally.
The DOORS is a three part framework that assists separating parents and family law professionals to detect and respond to both wellbeing and safety risks that family members may be experiencing after separation.
The DOORS provides:
- A framework for systematically identifying multiple risks relevant for separating families, including physical and psychological harm and in the case of children, developmental harm
- An evidence based screening tool and response planning resources
- An annotated risk assessment resource list for specialist follow up
- A software program to streamline analysis.
The benefits of The Family Law DOORS
The DOORS framework supports a cross-disciplinary understanding in the family law system of factors that combine to create a climate of elevated risk for families. As a common screening framework that can be used across multiple services in the family law arena, the DOORS will help professionals to detect and respond to safety and wellbeing risks at the client’s point of entry into their services.
In contrast to specific domestic violence screens, the DOORS takes a broad definition of risk, covering adult, infant and child wellbeing, conflict and communication, parenting stress, and collateral stressors, encouraging the practitioner to evaluate the contribution of all these factors to imminent personal and interpersonal safety risks.