MARAC

What is a MARAC?

A domestic abuse Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is a meeting that brings together representatives from a number of agencies in Brighton & Hove to discuss the safety, health and well-being of people experiencing domestic abuse (and their children).

There is local guidance on the MARAC process for practitioners:

MARAC resources

The following resources should be used to identify risk, make a referral or complete research:

There is also a MARAC Victim Leaflet which professionals can use to explain the MARAC process and what will happen when they are making a referral. If it is safe to do so, someone being referred to the MARAC may want a printed copy of this leaflet or they could access it online.

In some cases, a referral may be completed to the MARAC without the victim’s consent. If you are making a referral to the MARAC and you do not have the consent of the victim to do so, you will need to follow your agency’s guidance on information sharing in these cases.  There is a template MARAC Information Shared without Consent Form available from SafeLives.

MARAC documentation

The following documents include information on the local MARAC process, including guidance on information sharing and the MARAC process itself.

Please note: from May 2018, the Brighton & Hove MARAC will meet weekly. This will mean shorter, more regular meetings. This will enable a more flexible approach to case discussion, a better focus on each case and have less impact on staff than a meeting lasting all day.

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

There are a number of documents related to the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, sometimes known as ‘Clare’s Law’. Please refer to the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) Guidance for Practitioners Guide for more information.

Training

The Partnership Community Safety Team offers training to statutory, voluntary and community sector partners to help ensure that frontline professionals are able to undertake risk identification and refer to the MARAC. This training is FREE and can be delivered to your service or team by arrangement. To view the training information click here. To discuss your training requirements, contact Luke.Martin@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Contacts

For further information on the MARAC process, or to discuss a referral to the MARAC, contact the MARAC Coordinator:

Email: marac@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk

Telephone: 01273 294632 / 07795336094

Anyone referred to the MARAC will be offered support by a Domestic Violence Caseworker from The Portal.

The Portal is a partnership of leading Sussex Domestic and Sexual Abuse Charities including RISE, Survivors' Network and CGL.

People affected by domestic or sexual abuse or violence in Brighton & Hove can contact The Portal to find out more about the help, advice and support available. Advice and support is also available for professionals, including consultancy support if they are working with a client who has been referred to the MARAC.

Telephone: Freephone 0300 323 9985, option 2

Non secure email: portal.bh@riseuk.org.uk

Secure email: portal.bh@rise.cjsm.net