Domestic Violence Abuse (Info for professionals)
All practitioners working in Bromley need to be aware of our local MARAC procedures and how/when to refer victims of domestic abuse.
Key BROMLEY MARAC information
All MARAC referrals to be sent to SNMailbox.SafeguardingMARACBromley@Met.police.UK - 0208 284 8760, PY CSU, Bromley Police Station, High Street, Bromley BR1 1ER and this is where the monthly MARAC meetings are held. Meetings will begin at 1300 hours.
SafeLives have produced a series of short videos explaining what a MARAC is, how it works, what to expect if you are asked to attend and how the action planning section works. These can be found on the Safe Lives website.
Safe Lives Quick Guide has top tips for professionals who do not work in domestic violence services.
DASH Risk Checklist
DASH Risk Checklists can be printed (with or without the guidance) in different formats and languages from the Safe Lives website. The DASH risk checklist is a tried and tested way to understand risk. Dash stands for domestic abuse, stalking and ‘honour’-based violence. The questions are based on extensive research of domestic abuse.
Who is it for? Who can use it?
The Dash risk checklist can be used for all intimate partner relationships, including LGBT relationships, as well as for ’honour’-based violence and family violence. It is primarily intended for professionals – both specialist domestic violence workers, such as IDVAs, and other professionals working for mainstream services. It aims to provide a uniform understanding of risk across professions. There is a specific police version of the risk checklist, which is used by most police forces in England and Wales.
How does it work?
The simple series of questions makes it easy to work out the risk someone is facing, and what they might need to become safe and well. A high score means the victim is at high risk of murder and/or serious harm and needs urgent help. These victims should get help from an IDVA, and all the relevant local agencies should come together at a MARAC meeting to make a plan to make them safe. The Dash risk checklist is available in several languages, as is guidance on how to use the tool.
The Dash cannot replace vital professional judgement. It cannot replace the need for training. It is guidance.