About MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference)
There are MARACs for Bournemouth, Dorset county and Poole.
Dorset county and Poole MARACs meet every three weeks, whereas the Bournemouth MARAC meets weekly.
Agencies represented at MARAC include:
- Children's and Adults services
- mental health
- drug and alcohol service
- and specialist domestic violence service providers such as refuges and outreach projects
The MARAC is victim focused and information is shared on victims identified as being at highest risk of harm.
The flowcharts on page 4 of the MARAC toolkit shows the stages in the MARAC process.
The aim of the MARAC is to:
- share information to increase the safety, health and well-being of victims and their children
- determine whether the perpetrator poses a significant risk to any particular individual or the general community
- construct 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
- improve support for staff involved in high risk domestic violence cases
The responsibility to take appropriate action rests with the individual agencies - the MARAC is the process through which information is shared.
Where a person has been identified as high risk, they will be assigned an Domestic Abuse Advisors (DAAs) via the Maple Project. The DAA will represent the victim at the MARAC if the victim chooses to engage with the service.