Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference
Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
The Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference, or MARAC, is a regular, multi-agency meeting to assess high risk victims of Domestic Abuse and their children.
- shares relevant information about victims of domestic abuse and their children so professionals can provide appropriate support ;
- assesses the risk posed by the perpetrator to an individual, their family, professionals and the wider community;
- develops a plan to improve safety for victims and their children; and
- aims to reduce repeat victimisation.
MARAC does not replace existing case management or safeguarding responsibilities, but provides an opportunity to consider if all that could be done, is being done to support high risk victims of domestic abuse. This improves agency accountability; and support for staff involved in high risk domestic abuse cases
Practitioners from all agencies should refer high risk cases to MARAC.
To determine if a case is high risk, practitioners will need to complete a Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour Based Violence (DASH 2009) risk assessment with the victim. If the risk assessment score is 14 or more, or a professional feels that the case includes features that are particularly high risk (such as attempted strangulation),the MARAC threshold has been met and a referral to MARAC should be made.
High risk cases should be referred using the MARAC referral form. This form, and DASH, should be sent by secure email to -
Referral information is shared with the Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) Service and all agencies that attend MARAC and are signatory to the MARAC Information Sharing Protocol. Agencies will then search their records to enable them to provide relevant and proportionate information to the MARAC meeting.
Referring agencies are invited to attend MARAC to discuss their case.The schedule of MARAC meetings for 2017 is available here.
If you need any further information about the MARAC process, or to discuss a case, please contact the MARAC Coordinator, Chani Mortimer, on 07977 986744 or email to MARAC@kirklees.gcsx.gov.uk
Further Support for Domestic Abuse
Professionals and individuals can access support for domestic abuse cases via the Pennine Domestic Violence Group 24 hour freephone Helpline - 0800 0527222.
Referrals for Sanctuary support should be forwarded to email@example.com.
The Integrated Domestic Abuse Team provide early intervention and support for victims of domestic abuse and their children. Any new referrals to IDAT please send to MASH@kirklees.gcsx.gov.uk