Practitioners - Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences
MARACs are Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences and are regular meetings to increase the safety of the most high risk victims in Leeds.
If want to learn more about MARACs you can attend a free briefing by Leeds City Council’s Domestic Violence Team please email  

SafeLives (formerly CAADA) is a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse. They pioneered the use of the Dash Risk Checklist, which all police forces and many other agencies now use to see how much danger a victim is in. For more information visit

If someone is experiencing domestic violence and abuse then you should consider carrying out a Dash risk assessment to see if they are a high risk case, and if so, refer to MARAC. Alternatively, refer them to an agency who can carry out the risk assessment such as Leeds Domestic Violence Services on 0113 246 0401.
Download the MARAC referral form and SafeLives Dash risk assessment from the Related Documents section on this page. 
Referrals should be made to Marac Co-ordinator 07921 882435
Contact Front Door Safeguarding Hub on 0113 376 0279 for queries or advice

Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs)

DHRs have been statutory since 2011 and are the responsibility of the Community Safety Partnership.
These are similar to Serious Case Reviews and aim to identify and disseminate lessons learned or improvements in practice to ensure agencies are doing everything they can to prevent future deaths.

For more information, download the Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) from the Related Documents section. 
Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs)
DVPOs can be used to provide immediate protection to a victim where there is not enough evidence for the police to charge an alleged perpetrator and provide protection to victims via bail conditions. The police will issue a Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN) which lasts 48 hours. They will then apply to magistrates for a DVPO, which can last up to 28 days. Both orders ban the perpetrator from having contact with the victim.

DVPOs are designed to give victims the time and space they need to make decisions about options and future safety, with the help of a support agency.

You can download information on DVPOs from the government website