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Domestic violence and multi-agency risk assessment conferences (MARACs): a scoping review

Rachel Robbins (Senior Lecturer – Social Work, based at Department of Social Care and Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Hugh McLaughlin (Professor of Social Work, based at Department of Social Care and Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Concetta Banks (Senior Lecturer, based at Department of Social Care and Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Claire Bellamy (Senior Lecturer of Social Work, based at Department of Social Care and Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Debbie Thackray (Senior Lecturer, based at Department of Social Care and Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 2 December 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to draw attention to the potential and limits of the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) in supporting adults with social care needs who also experience domestic violence.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper reports on a scoping review as part of a wider research project entitled: to identify and assess the effectiveness of social care's contribution to the development of MARAC and the protection of adults facing domestic violence.

Findings

An understanding of the workings of MARAC could support social care practice with high-risk victims of domestic violence. However, the conception of risk assessment and management central to the process also poses ethical dilemmas for practitioners.

Practical implications

Social care is ideally placed to support, in an holistic manner, a group of vulnerable service-users with complex needs. However, the current climate of austerity could jeopardise this work.

Originality/value

There is little in the professional and academic press on the MARAC process and particularly in relation to adults and older people. This paper alerts the practice community to the process, its historical development and characteristics and implications for practice.

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Acknowledgements

This paper presents independent research commissioned and funded by the NIHR SSCR. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of NIHR SSCR.

Citation

Robbins, R., McLaughlin, H., Banks, C., Bellamy, C. and Thackray, D. (2014), "Domestic violence and multi-agency risk assessment conferences (MARACs): a scoping review", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 16 No. 6, pp. 389-398. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAP-03-2014-0012

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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