Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

The Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is part of a coordinated community response to domestic abuse.

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.

Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) provides general information on MARACs and quality assures MARACs nation-wide.

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.

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 Social 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

The Richmond MARAC referral form (MS Word, 202KB) now combines the Referral form, the CAADA DASH risk indicator checklist and the Information sharing without consent form in one document.

All referrals must have both the Referral form section and the risk indicator checklist completed. If the referral is made without the consent of the victim then all three sections of the from need to be completed.

If you need advice on completing the forms or any other aspects of the MARAC process then you can speak to the Temporary MARAC administrator Jane Lee on 0208 247 5818 or the Domestic Abuse and Hate Crime coordinator Mick Allen on 0208 831 6198.

There is additional guidance on risk identification(pdf, 127KB) to help with use of the Checklist.

Any electronic information shared between agencies, including referrals, must be sent via secure email, please read the guidance on how to send MARAC referrals(pdf, 38KB) securely.

A research form for MARAC (MS Word, 56KB) agencies has been devised in order assist with researching MARAC cases.

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.

Contact

Domestic Abuse Coordinator

Updated: 17 December 2014