Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences

Support for domestic abuse victims at risk of harm

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) help domestic violence victims who are at risk of serious harm.

This was developed by SafeLives, a national organisation supported by the Home Office.

There are MARACs for Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset County. These meet every three weeks and are chaired by the Police.

For more information please visit the Safelives website.

MARACs aim to:

  1. Share information to improve victims’ safety, health and well-being.
  2. Decide if perpetrators are putting individuals or the community at risk.
  3. Develop a risk-management plan that supports those at risk and reduces the risk of harm
  4. Reduce repeat victimisation
  5. Improve agency accountability
  6. Improve staff support for high-risk domestic violence cases

Each agency is responsible for gathering information. Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) will represent the victim at the MARAC.

Referring to MARACs

If you are with an agency, you can refer a victim to a MARAC by completing the Safelives risk assessment form. Then, you’ll need to complete the MARAC referral form. Email this to

Safelives has a toolkit with detailed information about MARACs 

We will let you know when the MARAC will hear your case. You’re welcome to attend the MARAC meeting.

Risk Indicator Checklist

MARAC Referal Form

MARAC Flow Chart

Victim Support Referral Form

Useful links

Domestic violence disclosure scheme pilot assessment  An overview of domestic violence disclosure schemes and the aims of the pilot.

Domestic violence protection orders and domestic violence disclosure scheme

Practice resources for professionals working to protect young people from abusive relationships