Victoria Police have been trialling a new L17 (Victoria Police Family Violence Report), which from 22 July has implemented state-wide.
- The new L17 is an actuarial (scored) tool where certain questions are scored.
- The MARAM framework contains 15 risk factors which may indicate an increased risk of the victim being killed or almost killed. Only four of these are scored in the new L17.
- The score on the L17 reflects the risk of recidivism (repeat offending) rather than the level of risk and the purpose is to inform police response and processes.
- Police will be able to complete the L17 on a mobile device (iPads and iPhones).
Practitioners are advised to implement their own risk assessment or triage response rather than rely on the L17 score as a complete assessment of risk.
The changes to the L17 are part of the broader Victoria Police Family Violence Response Model, which includes the establishment of Family Violence Investigation Units; police case prioritisation and response model; and a mandatory force-wide education program.
(Source DV Vic email, 3/7/19)