The hard and complex work of implementing new multi agency risk assessment approaches to policing domestic abuse

Pam Davies, Charlotte Barlow*, Rebecca Fish*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In the period since multi-agency working became the dominant approach to tackling domestic abuse, there has been ongoing development and innovation. However, little is known about what tends to enhance or inhibit the roll-out of such initiatives. This article examines the process of building an enhanced flagship multi-agency model for policing domestic abuse. We report on results from semi-structured interviews, observations of meetings and an online survey with stakeholders who were involved in the development of the principles underlying a new multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC) process. The participants - representatives from policing, third sector, health, and probation organisations - described positive benefits of the process, whilst challenges coalesced around the focus on and engagement of perpetrators, and the problem of assessing the dynamics of risk.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCrime Prevention and Community Safety
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Mar 2023

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