Marac in Scotland

Marac has been a commitment in Scotland’s Equally Safe strategy since the first publication in 2014. In the Equally Safe Short-Life Delivery Plan for 2022-2023, under Priority 3, the Scottish Government committed to the following by Autumn 2023.

“We will publish a learning report, and take forward any key recommendations, on Marac.”

Consistency in Marac provision across Scotland ensures the response is the same for all high-risk victims, no matter who they are or where they live. Working alongside a Marac Advisory Group, the Scottish Government are seeking to develop an evidence base to shape the future development of national standards for Marac in Scotland. The first step in building an evidence base is to understand the current operation of Maracs across Scotland.

SafeLives has supported Scottish Maracs through the Marac Development Programme since 2015, enabling local areas to embed the evaluated Marac model and develop a national framework to improve and enhance multi-agency response to domestic abuse in Scotland. Through this work we have developed good working relationships with Maracs across the country.

SafeLives is now working in partnership with Scottish Government to provide an up-to-date picture of Marac provision across Scotland. We will take a broad look at how each Marac in Scotland operates, with particular focus on the 10 Principles of an Effective Marac. We will also illustrate the benefits and impact of a consistent and well-functioning Marac model for Scotland by capturing and showcasing excellent practice and outcomes from across the country.

Safer, Sooner

To deliver the Marac in Scotland project we will deliver a large-scale mapping and scoping exercise. To do this we will conduct a survey and follow-on discussions with all 35 operating Maracs. We will also carry out interviews with relevant stakeholders.

All the data that we collect will be shared in a written report that we will produce to share our findings with Scottish Government and other relevant stakeholders, that will inform further development plans for Scottish Maracs.

The delivery of this project will be governed by the Marac in Scotland Working Group. This working group consists of stakeholders from the public sector and third sector and includes an Authentic Voice panel member.

Meet the Team

Our Marac in Scotland team are working in partnership with the Scottish Government to provide an up-to-date picture of Marac provision in Scotland. Meet the team behind our Marac in Scotland work. 

To keep up to date with our latest work and findings in Scotland, please sign up to our Scottish newsletter.

For further information, contact scotland@safelives.org.uk 


We hosted a Q&A event with the Scottish Government to discuss the Mapping and Scoping Exercise.

Information video recorded after the event with an overview of the exercise: