Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

The MARAC is a monthly risk management meeting where professionals share information on high risk cases of domestic violence and abuse and put in place a risk management plan.

Aims

The MARAC aims to:

  • share information to increase the safety, health and well-being of victims/survivors, adults and their children
  • determine whether the alleged perpetrator poses a significant risk to any particular individual or to the general community
  • construct jointly and implement a risk management plan that provides professional support to all those at risk and that reduces the risk of harm
  • reduce repeat victimisation
  • improve agency accountability, and
  • improve support for staff involved in high-risk domestic abuse cases.

SafeLives (previously known as CAADA) provides general information on MARACs and quality assures MARACs nationwide.

How does the MARAC operate?

The MARAC is chaired by the Detective Inspector in charge of Richmond Police Community Safety Unit (CSU) and is coordinated by the Community Safety Partnership. The MARAC meets on a monthly basis on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

All participating agencies sign up to an information-sharing protocol(pdf, 251KB) and the MARAC Operating Protocol(pdf, 195KB), which sets out the meetings' process. Participating agencies include representatives of statutory services such as the Police, Probation and Children’s and Adult’s Services, as well as voluntary and community organisations. Any agency invited to attend the MARAC on a case-by-case basis is required to sign up to these protocols.

MARAC referrals

There are currently four criteria for referring a case to MARAC:

  • Visible high risk
  • Professional judgment
  • Potential escalation
  • Repeat cases

To make a referral, complete the form below and send it via secure email, to MARAC@richmond.gcsx.gov.uk.

Further help

If you need advice on completing the forms or any other aspects of the MARAC process then you can speak to the MARAC administrator Niamh Kehoe on 0208 831 6317 or the Domestic Abuse and Hate Crime coordinator Mick Allen on 0208 831 6198.

MARAC training

To support agencies and staff participating in the MARAC, the Community Safety Partnership facilitates a free two day training course in Domestic Abuse and MARAC, which can be booked through Adult Social Care Training. Training can also be organised on a team-by-team basis.

If you are a victim who has been referred to the MARAC

This leaflet for victim/survivors(pdf, 1316KB) explains what the MARAC does. The MARAC Administrator has hard copies if required.

Contact

Domestic Abuse and Hate Crime Coordinator
Email: michael.allen@richmond.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8831 6198

MARAC Administrator
Email: niamh.kehoe@richmond.gov.uk
Telephone: 0208 831 6317

Updated: 20 April 2015