Are MARACs fit for purpose?
University of Suffolk’s Suffolk Institute for Social and Economic Research (SISER) are seeking views from practitioners and statutory professionals who work with victims of domestic abuse on whether Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) are still fit for purpose?
The survey is complete anonymous and closes on 8th August 2019.
A MARAC is a meeting where information is shared on the highest risk domestic abuse cases between representatives of local police, health, child protection, housing practitioners, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs), probation and other specialists from the statutory and voluntary sectors. After sharing all relevant information they have about a victim, the representatives discuss options for increasing the safety of the victim and turn these into a co-ordinated action plan.
The primary focus of the MARAC is to safeguard the adult victim. The MARAC will also make links with other fora to safeguard children and manage the behaviour of the perpetrator. At the heart of a MARAC is the working assumption that no single agency or individual can see the complete picture of the life of a victim, but all may have insights that are crucial to their safety. The victim does not attend the meeting but is represented by an IDVA who speaks on their behalf.