When should I refer a case to MARAC?

A case should be referred to MARAC if you believe that the victim is at risk of serious harm or death.  This assessment of risk may be concluded in one of the following ways:

  • Professional judgement. If a professional has serious concerns about a victim’s situation, they should refer the case. There will be occasions where the particular context of a case gives rise to serious concerns even if the victim has been unable to disclose the information that might highlight their risk more clearly. This could reflect extreme levels of fear, cultural barriers to disclosure, immigration issues or language barriers. This judgement would be based on the professional’s experience and/or he victim’s perception of their risk, even if they do not meet criteria below.
  • Visible high risk. If the victim has answered yes to 14 or more questions on the DASH risk assessment, the case would normally meet referral criteria.  The DASH form can be accessed via this link.
  • Potential escalation. Looking at the number of police callouts to the victim as a result of domestic violence in the past 12 months. This can be used to identify cases where there is not a positive identification of the majority of risk factors, but where abuse appears to be escalating and where it is appropriate to assess the situation more fully by sharing information.

How do I refer a case to MARAC?

Once the risk has been identified, you should complete a MARAC referral form. You can request one by emailing us

Once completed and submitted, the quality of the form will be reviewed and the information provided will be assessed against the above thresholds.  The victim will usually automatically be referred for Independent Domestic Violence Advisor support, and if the case is accepted, you will be invited to present the case at the next meeting.  If for any reason the case is declined, an explanation and further advice will be provided.

Do I need to report this to the police?

If you are making a MARAC referral, a criminal offence may have also been committed.  In the event that a potential victim does not want to report the crime themselves, you may wish to consider making a third party police referral.  You can make this report or get advice by using our Live Chat facility. Find out how to use it and our opening hours. If Live Chat is unavailable call us on 101.

How can I get further training and information?

If you would like more detailed information about the MARAC process, training opportunities and what to expect when supporting a victim of domestic abuse, please contact the MARAC Coordination Team by calling 101.


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