Guidance for multi-agency forums: Disabled clients

How Maracs can support disabled victims and survivors of domestic abuse

This resource provides guidance to multi-agency forums to ensure the appropriate safeguarding of disabled clients who are victims of domestic abuse. Disabled victims of domestic abuse have historically been considered part of a ‘hidden’ group, meaning that they are less well served by domestic Abuse services and Marac.

Studies have shown that disabled women are twice as likely to experience domestic abuse as those without a disability, and also twice as likely to suffer assault and rape.

Our Marac data (April 2015 – March 2016) shows that nationally 3.9% of Marac referrals were for disabled victims / survivors. This is significantly lower than the SafeLives recommendation of 16% or higher. Only 4% of Maracs nationally reach SafeLives recommendation, and 18% of Maracs are not recording any referrals for disabled people.

What this guidance contains

  • What does the data tell us?
    • Disabled people are ‘hidden’ from Domestic Abuse services & Marac
    • Disabled people are more likely to be experiencing abuse after support
    • Intersectionality
  • How can Maracs ensure that disabled victims/survivors get effective help sooner?
    • Get the right people around the table
    • Victim/survivor voice and tailoring support to the needs of the individual
    • Gather a full picture of all the risks
    • Creative action planning
    • … And outside the Marac
  • Additional Information and Support

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