West Mercia Women’s Aid
Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference
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Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
What is a MARAC?
MARAC stands for Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference. It is a regular meeting where workers from different agencies (include IDVAs, police, probation services, NHS, schools, and social services) discuss the wellbeing of victims and their children identified at high risk of significant harm or homicide. MARACs co-operate on safety and support planning to reduce the risk of people becoming repeat victims.
If you are referred to a MARAC, you will usually be consulted and your confidentiality is fully respected. You will not need to attend meetings, as your IDVA will be your representative ensuring that your ‘voice’ is heard and will feed back to you about what other agencies can do to offer safety/support.
Following intervention by a MARAC and an IDVA service, up to 60% of domestic abuse victims report no further violence.
What are ‘civil orders’?
You could try to gain some protection from your abuser by applying for a civil injunction or protection order. An injunction is a court order that requires someone to do or not to do something. This does not involve any police or other services – this is something that can be done privately by you.
There are two main types of injunctions available under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996:
- A Non-Molestation Order (NMO) – ex parte – on notice
- An Occupation Order
- Prohibited Steps Orders
A Non-Molestation Order is aimed at preventing your abuser from threatening you or your child. They cannot intimidate, harass or pester you, in order to ensure the safety and well-being of yourself. No contact is allowed directly or indirectly – the Order has a Power of Arrest to it so that the police can prosecute if you report any breaches.
‘On notice’ is where the abuser will be informed of a court date and can attend that court.
Prohibited Steps Order is aimed at protecting your children if your abuser has threatened to take them away from you. This is aimed at ensuring clear guidance on what/if the abuser can do with contact or taking them away. The Order can prohibit the abuser from having any contact until the child/ren reaches 18 years old.
Please visit the Rights of Women website for further information. This page contains information that may be upsetting and triggering to survivors of abuse.