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MARAM Collaborative Practice Training

What is MARAM Collaborative Practice Training?

The MARAM Collaborative Practice training focuses on both collaborative practice and foundational aspects of MARAM that enable collaboration. The training enables practitioners to contribute to risk assessment and collaborate for ongoing risk management, through respectful and sensitive engagement with victim’s survivors, information sharing, referral and secondary consultation.

Who should come to this training?

The training is open to practitioners who respond to family violence in the Barwon region.  Given the availability and interest in other MARAM training, the delivery of Collaborative Practice module is most suited to practitioners from Tiers 2, 3 and 4, as outlined in the Victorian Government Responding to Family Violence Capability Framework (2017).

This training is designed for practitioners, also useful for team leaders and managers who are responsible for embedding MARAM within organisations and through external partnerships.

Organisations should be guided by Family Safety Victoria resources in determining the relevant roles, responsibilities and training requirements of their staff.

Training Opportunities

The MARAM Collaborative Practice training is delivered online, over two half-day sessions between 9:30AM- 12:30PM or 1pm-4pm. Participants are encouraged to be online 15 minutes prior to start time.






For further information and frequently asked questions please refer to the MARAM Collaborative Practice factsheet.


Karen Mortarotti, Specialist Family Violence Case Manager – The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre

Karen has a Bachelor of Social Work with Distinction, and a Diploma of Community Services. Karen has worked within the community service sector in a variety of roles over the past 19 years. Karen has been employed with The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre since 2017. Karen’s role as a specialist family violence case manager provides the opportunity to work directly with women and children who have experienced family violence to mitigate the risk of harm, and to promote physical and psychological safety. Karen has more recently become part of The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre’s integrated response team. As part of this team Karen provides a therapeutic response to clients through single session work and brief therapy, and a case management response though risk assessment and safety planning. Karen has experience in delivery of family violence training and is committed to working in the sexual assault and family violence sector to promote social justice, gender equality, and the human right to live a life free from gender based violence.

Nicole Grotheer, Training Officer – The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre

With over 15 years of experience in the community sector, providing a range of services to children, young people and families. With experience in community child and family support, vocational training and group programs in varied settings, including Corrections Victoria. With a sound understanding of the complexities families and communities can encounter, Nicole works from a strengths based approach. Has a passion for engaging with the community to create change, a vision of a community free of all violence, respect and that all individuals have opportunities to feel safe, to belong and create the best outcomes for themselves and family.

Erica Wastell, Training and Gender Equity Officer – The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre

Erica has come to The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre with a Masters of Public Policy and a social research background in gender equality. Erica works across both training and primary prevention portfolios and is driven by creating attitudinal and behavioural change through community engagement and capacity building across all sectors. Erica recognises the importance of collaboration, inclusive and intersectional practice, in promoting social and systemic change, to ensure all people live free from violence and have the opportunity to thrive within their communities.

Natasha Powles, Senior Sergeant | WD1 Family Violence Training Officer Centre for Family Violence | PDC

Senior Sergeant Natasha Powles has been a sworn member of Victoria Police for 20 years, including 3 years seconded to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).   Natasha has worked in frontline response & investigation roles predominately in Melbourne, Corio and Geelong at a number of ranks; as well as in dedicated Family Violence Investigation Units since 2012, across the police service areas of City of Greater Geelong, City of Melbourne and City of Yarra.  Natasha has performed the roles of FV Court Liaison Officer (FVCLO), police station FV Liaison Officer (FVLO), management of PACER (Police and Clinician Emergency Response), as a Family Violence Advisor (FVA).  Natasha has sat on the Barwon, North and West Risk Assessment and Management Panels (RAMP); and informed a number of responses and implementation processes arising from the FV Royal Commission. She has also been the acting Officer in Charge of both the Corio & Geelong Police Station’s.

Currently, Natasha is the WD1 Family Violence Training Officer, responsible for upskilling Police across Geelong, Surfcoast and Colac-Otway on recognising, understanding and responding appropriately to family violence, within the integrated FV service sector.  Natasha has extensive training experience with the Specialist Family Violence sector, external to Victoria Police, having guest-lectured on the Police Response to Family Violence at Melbourne, RMIT and Monash Universities and with the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV).

Pam Wilkie-Clark, Integrated Practice Leader – Bethany – The Orange Door

Pam is a Social Worker and is currently in the role of Integrated Practice Leader at The Orange Door, Barwon, in Victoria. In this role, Pam supports the development of practice based guidance to enhance a coordinated, collaborative and integrated response for families in context of family violence and child wellbeing. Until very recently Pam also worked as a Men’s Behaviour Change Facilitator as part of the facilitation team trialling a project working with men with a cognitive impairment, who use violence. Pam has been working in the Social Work sector of Disability, Criminal Justice and Family Violence for 21 years both here in Australia and in Scotland, UK. Whilst working with adult offenders in Scotland Pam worked trial program for mandated men who had used violence for a period of two years, this program (The Caledonian Program) has subsequently been rolled out across various parts of Scotland.

Pam has also worked with the disability sector in promoting active and healthy lives and building capacity of daily living and life skills.  Pam’s work in Australia has consisted of working with women and children survivors of family violence, case management with men who choose to use violence against their intimate partner, facilitation of groups for men who choose to use family violence and held the role of Team Leader of the Men’s Family Violence Intervention Centre for a period of three years before moving into the role of Practice Leader at The Orange Door, Barwon.

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