Domestic Abuse has a major impact on the health and welfare of women and children worldwide.
The British Crime Survey 2006 reported that 1 in 3 women experience domestic abuse at some time in their lives. There are also many men who experience domestic abuse and experiences for men and women can either be in heterosexual or same-gender relationships.
In England and Wales, two to three women per week are murdered by a current or former partner.
Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
Domestic Violence Protection Notices
Young People in Abusive Relationships
Purpose of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
The MARAC is a best practice model, rolled out nationally, to respond to high risk victims of domestic abuse. It is a process that facilitates the sharing of multi-agency information and a collaborative assessment of risk and action planning to reduce serious harm to victims of domestic abuse.
The role of the MARAC is to facilitate, monitor and evaluate the effective information sharing to enable appropriate actions to be taken to increase public safety. The responsibility to take appropriate action therefore rests with individual participating agencies; it is not transferred to the MARAC. The MARAC is a process, not a formal body that holds risk.
The process is open to all partner agencies, both statutory and voluntary, who are engaged with the safeguarding of victims and their families from domestic abuse.
The key aims of the MARAC are:
- To share information to increase the safety, health and wellbeing of victims and their children/dependants.
- To jointly construct and implement a risk management plan that provides professional support to all those at risk and increase safety.
- To reduce repeat victimisation.
- To improve agency accountability.
- To improve support for staff involved in high risk cases.
- To work in partnership, where necessary, to safeguard children and adults.
- To determine whether the perpetrator poses significant risk to any particular individual or to the general community (linking when necessary to the MAPPA process).
The heart of the MARAC is based on the principle that no single agency or individual knows the complete picture of the life of a victim, but all may have insights that are crucial to their safety and that of their children.