Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences

A Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is a regular local meeting to discuss how to help victim/survivors of domestic abuse who have been assessed as being in the top 10% at highest risk of homicide or serious harm.

No single agency has a complete picture of the life of a domestic abuse survivor, but many will have insights that are crucial to their safety.

The MARAC is both a forum to share these insights with other local services and to develop a joined-up safety plan.

What we do

In 1999, Standing Together pioneered the first multi-agency group to implement safety measures for victims of domestic abuse in Hammersmith and Fulham. MARACs have since been recommended by successive governments and are now prioritised in every Local Authority area.

Today, Standing Together continues to spearhead best practise and excellence in the field of MARAC provision and coordinates MARACs across five London boroughs:  

  • Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Westminster
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Ealing
  • Haringey

We address from 300 to 500 high risk cases in each borough every year. Our statistical evidence indicates where Standing Together has taken over the coordination of a MARAC there is significant improvement in key deliverables such as volume and referrals from diverse backgrounds.

In line with The Coordinated Community Response our MARAC’s bring services together to ensure local systems identify those at highest risk, keep survivors safe through robust safety planning, hold abusers to account, and prevent further escalation.

What we can do for you

For professionals practicing in any of these five London boroughs, we offer:

  • 30 minute briefing on the MARAC process, usually during team meetings.
  • 60 minute induction for all new representatives or deputies when they join our MARACs.
  • Half-day workshop on domestic abuse, risk assessment and MARAC.

We also offer in-depth consultancy support to help make your MARAC more effective. Contact us to find out more.

Making a Referral

Forms and tools to assist you with making a referral are listed below:

  • MARAC referall form download here
  • SafeLives Dash risk checklist - to help front line practitioners identify high risk cases of domestic abuse, stalking and ‘honour’-based violence and to decide which cases should be referred to Marac​