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In St Helens we meet regularly with partner agencies to discuss high-risk cases of domestic abuse (DA). This meeting is called the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC). All agencies are signed up to a strict information sharing protocol.
The aim of MARAC is to:
Any agency can complete a referral by filling in the MERIT risk assessment checklist. If, after completing this, it appears the case is at high risk of a repeat incident, a referral can be completed and sent to the MARAC co-ordinator.
Agencies who have been involved in a case attend and discuss what they can do to make the victim safer.
The IDVA provides short to medium-term advice and support to victims of domestic abuse (DA) at high risk of repeat incidents. An assessment will be carried out so that a plan can be developed on how best to help. The aim of the role is to:
The IDVA is the voice of the victim at the MARAC and is independent from all agencies to ensure the best possible support and advice is offered to each victim.