Domestic and Sexual Violence: Information for Professionals

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

For general information on Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences, please visit the Safelives website.  

Referrals to Kingston MARAC

Referrals are made to the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) if a victim survivor is identified as being at ‘high risk’ of serious harm. This is usually because of what the abuser is doing or threatening to do.

To obtain a MARAC referral form and to get more information on the Kingston MARAC process, please contact the Kingston MARAC team.

Level of risk

The level of risk is determined by the worker from the agency who contacted the victim survivor after completing what is known as a ‘DASH (domestic abuse, stalking and ‘honour’-based violence) risk indicator checklist’ or based on professional judgement.  You can download a DASH form here

Any professional can make a referral to the MARAC.  

Referrals to the MARAC can fall into any of the below criteria:

  • POTENTIAL ESCALATION: There have been five or more domestic violence incidents or three or more domestic violence crimes by the same perpetrator on the same victim survivor in the last 12 months and they are increasing in severity or frequency; or

  • VISIBLE HIGH RISK: You have completed a DASH Risk indicator checklist (RIC) with the victim/survivor and they scored 14 or more yes ticks (you can use the Safelives guidance for help with this)

  • PROFESSIONAL JUDGEMENT: If the DASH RIC score is low, however you feel based on your professional judgement that the victim survivor is at high risk of further harm or homicide.

  • SUSPECTED HONOUR BASED VIOLENCE: Automatic referral. Please state below all perpetrators who may pose a risk to the victim survivor.

  • REPEAT INCIDENT WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF LAST MARAC: If there is a further DV incident (same alleged perpetrator and same victim survivor) 12 months of the meeting. An incident is any of the below (whether or not they have been reported to Police):

    • Violence or threats of violence to the victim (including threats against property); OR 

    • A pattern of stalking or harassment OR

    • Rape or sexual abuse