Introducing the Family Law DOORS

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.

How to purchase the Family Law DOORS e-handbook and software

Purchase online by clicking here

Looking for free DOORS resources? Please have a look at these: 

  • PDFs of the DOORS 1: Parent Self Report and DOORS 2: Practitioner Aide Memoire are available for download here.
  • The DOORS training videos show how the framework is used in two family law settings

About the DOORS

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.

What the DOORS offers

  • Support for cross-disciplinary understanding of factors that combine to create a climate of elevated risk for families in the family law system
  • A common screening framework that can be used across multiple services in the family law arena
  • A tool for systematically identifying multiple risks at the client’s point of entry into the service, including being at risk of physical or psychological harm, or of perpetrating harm.  In the case of infants and children, the tool screens for developmental harm
  • Associated response planning resources
  • An annotated risk assessment resource list for specialist follow up
  • A software program to streamline analysis

The Family Law DOORS. Copyright © Commonwealth of Australia 2012 and Family Transitions 2011, as detailed here.