Innovating during the pandemic? Policing, domestic abuse and multi-agency risk assessment conferencing (MARACs)

Walklate, Sandra ORCID: 0000-0002-1628-9713, Godfrey, Barry ORCID: 0000-0002-4119-5137 and Richardson, Jane ORCID: 0000-0002-8230-7537
(2021) Innovating during the pandemic? Policing, domestic abuse and multi-agency risk assessment conferencing (MARACs). JOURNAL OF ADULT PROTECTION, 23 (3). pp. 181-190.

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<jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Purpose</jats:title> <jats:p>The purpose of this paper is to reflect upon the challenges posed for the ongoing implementation of multi-agency risk assessment conferences (MARACs) for police forces in England and Wales during the 2020 pandemic.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Design/methodology/approach</jats:title> <jats:p>This is rapid response research involving qualitative methods primarily online semi-structured interviewing with a sample of police domestic abuse leads in England and Wales.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Findings</jats:title> <jats:p>The findings point to increased use of virtual platforms particularly for MARACs and that this has beneficial consequences both for the police and in their view also for victim-survivors.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Research limitations/implications</jats:title> <jats:p>The findings reported here are from policing domestic abuse leads. More work needs to be done to explore the value of engaging in virtual MARACs for all the agencies concerned but also whether MARACs continue to be the best way to ensure the victim-survivor is kept in view.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Practical implications</jats:title> <jats:p>The use of virtual platforms carries a range of practice implications for the future of MARACs for the foreseeable future. These range from ensuring attendance of the appropriate agencies to the range and frequency of meetings, to infrastructural support for all agencies to engage.</jats:p> </jats:sec> <jats:sec> <jats:title content-type="abstract-subheading">Originality/value</jats:title> <jats:p>This is an original study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council examining police and court responses to domestic abuse during the covid-19 pandemic.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Multi-agency risk assessment conferences, MARACs, Policing, Domestic abuse, COVID-19, Partnerships, Victim-survivors, Rapid response research, Innovative practices
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2021 10:25
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 23:00
DOI: 10.1108/JAP-11-2020-0047
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