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CRAF Risk Assessment Model: Identifying Family Violence and the Common Risk Assessment Framework Wor

On the 6th of December 2017, the VFLPN collaborated with the Domestic Violence Resource Centre (DVRC) to offer law students a full-day interactive workshop focusing on the CRAF Risk Assessment Model. The workshop was geared towards professionals who work with victims of family violence (such as lawyers), teaching skills to allow workers to play a role in the initial risk assessment process. There were 20 participants in attendance at the St Mary’s of the Cross Centre in Fitzroy, comprised of both internal (VFLPN volunteers) and external students (recruited by way of advertising to law schools). The day's learning outcomes for participants were: ​Participants can describe the prevalence of fa

Flashpoints in Family Law: When current models of risk assessment fail.

On the 13th of September, Dr. Jennifer Neoh presented ‘Flashpoints in Family Law: When current models of risk assessments fail’. The event began at 5:15pm with a 7pm finish and was styled as a small-intimate gathering with 29 people in attendance. The presentation examined current risk assessment models and presented case studies to suggest that risk assessment in family law matters need to take a more nuanced approach. Dr. Neoh argued that risk assessment models often focus on coercive violence relationship whereas other factors need to be incorporated to cover situations of increased risk of homicide and filicide. She asserted that it is often personality disorders and convergence of stres

“My Wife is Trying to Poison Me” and Other Manifestations of Focused Delusions in Family Law Dispute

The VFLPN’s (Pathways) event entitled “My Wife is trying to Poison Me” and Other Manifestations of Focused Delusions in Family Law Disputes occurred on Wednesday the 18th of October 2017. The event was the second of a tripartite series presented by key note speaker Jennifer Neoh, a clinical psychologist whose private practice is focused entirely on a family law population. The theme of her talk centred on the tendency of professionals to overlook delusional content and psychosis when focused accusations have been made between separating families involved in family law matters. Dr Neoh began her presentation by acknowledging the emotional intricacies characteristic to family law disputes and

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