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
- social workers
- 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: www.familydoors.com/tools
Visit the website at www.familydoors.com to register for DOORS updates or to enrol in training.