MARACs and disclosure into court proceedings

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Multi-agency risk assessment conferences (MARACs) are a recent development in addressing the highest risk cases of domestic abuse. There are regular MARAC meetings held in most local authority areas in England and Wales that collate information about high risk cases of domestic abuse with a view to creating a co-ordinated safety plan for the victim and children (if any). The work is case specific and all relevant agencies (both statutory and voluntary) will attend at or contribute to the conference. MARACs can therefore appear a valuable source of information in court proceedings where domestic abuse may be an issue.