Domestic abuse - resources for professionals

3. Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference

The Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is part of a coordinated community response to domestic abuse, incorporating representatives from statutory, community and voluntary agencies working with victims/survivors, children and the alleged perpetrator. 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.

Domestic Abuse Stalking and Harassment (DASH) Risk assessment form

Aim of the form:

  • To help front line practitioners identify high risk cases of domestic abuse, stalking and ‘honour’-based violence.
  • To decide which cases should be referred to Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) and what other support might be required. A completed form becomes an active record that can be referred to in future for case management.
  • To offer a common tool to agencies that are part of the MARAC process and provide a shared understanding of risk in relation to domestic abuse, stalking and ‘honour’-based violence.
  • To enable agencies to make defensible decisions based on the evidence from extensive research of cases, including domestic homicides and ‘near misses’, which underpins most recognised models of risk assessment.

Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVAs)

We provide crisis support and information for high or medium cases of domestic violence.  We offer this to people who are experiencing domestic abuse, with a priority given to their safety and that of their children. We are an independent, professional and confidential service, hosted by Aylesbury Women’s Aid and Wycombe Women’s Aid. 

We act as advocates on your behalf, exploring your legal options and/or supporting you through the court process. We can liaise with agencies such as housing, Crown Prosecution Service, the police, solicitors, etc with you or on your behalf. We aim to encourage you, enabling your interests to be heard by agencies and other relevant organisations. We provide advice and information about the range, effectiveness and suitability of options; to improve your safety and that of your children.

Complete the risk assessment form (PDF)

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Last updated: 12 March 2019

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