Domestic violence risk assessment and MARAC

DASH risk indicator checklist

If you are concerned that someone is suffering domestic abuse, you should carry out a DASH risk indicator checklist with them.

For support in carrying out a DASH risk indicator, you can call the DV Hub. Free training on using this risk assessment is available – see 'multi-agency training on domestic and sexual violence'.

Whatever the risk indicator suggests, if you think that a client is at high risk of harm, call the DV Hub for guidance on how to safely manage the case. If the likelihood of serious harm is high, they must be referred to the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC).

Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

This information is for professionals working with domestic or sexual violence. If you are a member of the public affected by domestic or sexual violence, see 'multi agency risk assessment conference (MARAC)'.

The MARAC is a monthly meeting during which services share information about high risk clients in order to prevent serious harm, putting in place multi agency support to lower the risk as soon as possible.

Representatives at the MARAC reflect the needs and risks faced by the victim whose cases are discussed. The list of attendees can include the criminal justice agencies, health agencies, housing agencies, those working with children and young people and those working with adults (including vulnerable adult services and substance misuse services). The Refuge Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) service will also be in attendance to represent the wishes and feelings of the client.

All cases which meet the following criteria must be referred to MARAC:

  • 14 or more ticks on the DASH risk indicator

  • suspected honour based violence/forced marriage

  • repeat referral (a case which has been heard at MARAC within the previous 12 month where there is a repeat incident)

Cases can also be referred to MARAC based on the following criteria:

  • professional judgement (eg if a client demonstrates extreme levels of fear)

  • escalation – a concerning escalation in the frequency and level of violence

The MARAC Coordinator is happy to discuss any case with you if you are unsure whether the person affected by domestic/sexual violence reaches the risk threshold for the MARAC.

(All referrals must be sent by secure email. If you do not have secure mail, please call the MARAC Coordinator).


DV Hub

Confidential advice and support from the Kingston Domestic Violence Hub (DV Hub). Telephone lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm.

Telephone:020 8547 6046

Email: [email protected]

DV Hub (secure email)

Secure mail must be sent from an email address that is also using the secure CJSM service.

Email: [email protected]

MARAC Coordinator

Secure mail: [email protected]

Telephone: 020 8547 5070

Email: [email protected]