6.1 B. Guidance and Resources


Safe Lives Resources for MARAC meetings

A Marac is a regular local meeting to discuss how to help victims at high risk of murder or serious harm. A domestic abuse specialist (Idva), police, children’s social services, health and other relevant agencies all sit around the same table. They talk about the victim, the family and perpetrator, and share information. The meeting is confidential.

Together, the meeting writes an action plan for each victim. They work best when everyone involved understands their roles and the right processes to follow. We call these meetings Maracs, but they are also referred to as a multi-agency risk assessment conference.

This website gives detailed guidance, tools and tips to help your Marac keep as many high-risk victims as possible safe.

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Striking the Balance: Practical Guidance on the application of Caldicott Guardian Principles to Domestic Violence and MARACs

Department of Health (2011)

Domestic Violence and abuse is a large scale national problem. This guidance is intended to assist those involved in information sharing between agencies about Domestic Violence to make decisions. In particular Caldicott Guardians and those responsible for making decisions about the appropriateness of sharing information (including sensitive health information) about individuals involved in domestic violence.  It identifies the underlying ethical considerations so that tensions between confidentiality and information sharing may be resolved.

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Saving lives, saving money: MARACs and high risk domestic abuse

CAADA (2010)

CAADA's report shows how multi-agency support to tackle severe domestic abuse could help save lives and £740 million a year to the public purse.

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MARAC Guide 2009 From Principles to Practice

CAADA (2009)

This document gives guidance on how to set up MARACs and is only available in hard copy directly from CAADA.

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CAADA-DASH MARAC Risk Identification Checklist for the Identification of High Risk Cases of Domestic Abuse, Stalking and ‘Honour’-Based Violence


This form is designed for agencies that are part of the MARAC process and either do not have their own assessment tool or would like a supplementary form for identifying domestic violence risk. The primary purpose of the form is to identify risk to the adult victim and to be able to offer appropriate resources/support in the form of the MARAC for the most serious cases. Furthermore, the information from the checklist will enable agencies to make defensible decisions based on the evidence from extensive research of cases, including domestic homicides and ‘near misses’, which form the basis of the most recognised models of risk assessment.

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The MARAC Representative’s Toolkit

CAADA (2009)

This toolkit is designed to be a guide that clarifies your role as a MARAC representative on behalf of your agency and as a quick and easy reference tool, particularly when you need to trouble shoot practical issues at your MARAC to ensure it focuses on the safety of victims.

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Respect guidance for use of CAADA risk identification tool for domestic violence

Respect (2009)

Written in conjunction with CAADA this provides guidance on how to use the new tool in line with the Respect Accreditation standards.

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The pilot of the Respect/Relate/CAFCASS domestic violence risk identification tool evaluation report

Debbonaire, T. (2008)

In 2006/07 staff from Respect, CAFCASS and Relate came together to consider a risk assessment tool that could be used within practitioner’s current workload, convey information from a range of sources, take into account key risk factors.

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Guidance for Domestic Homicide Reviews under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

Home Office (2006)

This consultation paper sets out proposals for the format that domestic homicide reviews should follow. As part of their statutory duty under section 9(3) of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 local bodies will be required to have regard to the guidance when establishing reviews.  The final paper is due to be finalised for September 2009.

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Safeguarding Children & Young People Affected by Domestic Abuse

Sheffield Inter-agency Protocoland Practice Guidance (2006)

This document has been created by a multi-agency Task Group, to provide guidance to any practitioners whose work brings them into contact with children, young people or their families.

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Safety and Justice: information sharing in the context of domestic violence: an overview

Douglas, N. et al. (2004)

This guidance, produced as a Home Office Development and Practice Report, provides:

•    A brief overview of why responsible information-sharing is so important in the context of domestic violence, including how it benefits clients and the agencies that serve them.

•    A brief introduction to the key legal provisions that relate to lawful information-sharing.

•    An introduction to good practice in information-sharing

•    Sources of further information and advice, including guidance, toolkits and templates.

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Risk Assessment Form: danger assessment

Campbell, J.C. (1985, 2003)

The Danger Assessment (DA) was originally developed by Co-Investigator Campbell (1986) with consultation and content validity support from battered women, shelter workers, law enforcement officials, and other clinical experts on battering. The first portion of the measure assesses severity and frequency of battering by presenting the woman with a calendar of the past year. The woman is asked to mark the approximate days when physically abusive incidents occurred, and to rank the severity of the incident on a 1 to 5 (1=slap, pushing, no injuries and/or lasting pain up to 5=use of weapon, wounds from weapon) scale. The second part of the original DA is a 15-item yes/no dichotomous response format of risk factors associated with intimate partner homicide.

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