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

Innovating during the pandemic? Policing, domestic abuse and multi-agency risk assessment... 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.Design/methodology/approachThis is rapid response research involving qualitative methods primarily online semi-structured interviewing with a sample of police domestic abuse leads in England and Wales.FindingsThe 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.Research limitations/implicationsThe 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.Practical implicationsThe 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.Originality/valueThis 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Adult Protection Emerald Publishing

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

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1466-8203
eISSN
1466-8203
DOI
10.1108/jap-11-2020-0047
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Abstract

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.Design/methodology/approachThis is rapid response research involving qualitative methods primarily online semi-structured interviewing with a sample of police domestic abuse leads in England and Wales.FindingsThe 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.Research limitations/implicationsThe 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.Practical implicationsThe 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.Originality/valueThis 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.

Journal

The Journal of Adult ProtectionEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 23, 2021

Keywords: Multi-agency risk assessment conferences; MARACs; Policing; Domestic abuse; COVID-19; Partnerships; Victim-survivors; Rapid response research; Innovative practices

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