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Information for practitioners

In St Helens partner agencies meet regularly 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:

  • share information to ensure the safety, health and well being of victims;
  • decide if the perpetrator is still a risk to a victim or the public in general;
  • put into place a risk-management plan to support those at high risk and to reduce the likelihood of repeated DA.

Any agency can complete a referral by filling in the MERIT toolkit assessment form. If, after completing this, it appears the case is at high risk of a repeat incident, a MARAC referral form can be completed and returned to the MARAC co-ordinator, as described on the form (please send the form in Microsoft Word format).

Agencies who have been involved in a case attend and discuss what they can do to make the victim safer.