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

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/06/2023
<mark>Journal</mark>Crime Prevention and Community Safety
Issue number2
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)148-165
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date5/04/23
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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 organisation-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.

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