The Family DOORS

The Family DOORS complements AVERT Family Violence by providing a solid understanding of risks to safety or wellbeing for families who are separating or separated.

Who can use DOORS?

The DOORS is designed for use by all helping professionals, including:

  • court staff
  • family law lawyers
  • legal services staff
  • family dispute resolution practitioners
  • Family Relationships Centre staff
  • child contact service staff
  • parenting orders program staff
  • counsellors
  • social workers
  • psychologists
  • private practitioners.

 What is the DOORS?

  • The DOORS is an exciting new framework for considering and systematically identifying multiple and related risks.
  • It includes the screening of safety and mental health risks, parenting stress, and developmental risk for children.
  • Every question is evidence-based.
  • Clients are well supported to consider their own well-being and that of their children.
  • The DOORS provides concrete guides for practitioner response, including referral and follow up.
  • DOORS has been successfully trialled across multiple family law service contexts in Australia.
  • DOORS offers a shared language for risk identification and response, across various helping professional fields.

What’s in the DOORS?

  • An evidenced-based, two-stage screening tool and response planning resources
  • An annotated risk assessment resource list for specialist follow up
  • A software program to streamline analysis

Who developed the DOORS?

The Family DOORS screening tool was created by Prof. Jennifer McIntosh, with a comprehensive handbook and training resources co-authored by Dr. Claire Ralfs and the DOORS research team.

Where can I find the DOORS?

The Family DOORS App and Handbook are available from:

More Information

Visit the website at to register for DOORS updates or to enrol in training.