ASA provides an independent advocacy service for people referred to MARAC (multi-agency risk assessment conference) People are referred to MARAC because people have serious concerns about their safety as a result of domestic abuse.
What is MARAC?
MARAC is a meeting that brings together people from a variety of agencies to discuss the safety and well-being of people experiencing domestic abuse (and their children) and to draw up an action plan to make them safer.
The aim of MARAC is to reduce risk and violence and increase safety.
How can the Independent Advocacy Co-ordinator help?
I am independent and not connected in anyway to the police, social work or the courts. It is my aim to help clients through this difficult time and to be ‘on their side’. I will not judge the client or try to take the situation out of their hands.
It is my role to ensure that clients views are listened to during the MARAC process.
I go to the MARAC meeting on client’s behalf and let people know the client’s views. I then tell the client what is in the action plan drawn up at the meeting and what measures can be taken to help keep safe.
My role is to;
Listen and make sure your voice is heard at MARAC meetings.
Speak to other professionals on your behalf if you want me to.
Explore and explain your rights and options.
Attend appointments with you and help you liaise with others.
Help you stay safe by developing a safety plan.
Refer you for other support such as counselling.
I can be contacted on my direct line: 01224 332397 Mobile 07824478832 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This a free service funded by the Big Lottery – Domestic abuse is a serious crime
- Principles of Advocacy -
Advocacy has two main themes
Safeguarding individuals who are in situations where they are vulnerable.
Speaking up for and with people who are not being heard, helping them to express their own views and make their own decisions.
How you can help
Are you a good listener? Could you help someone speak up for themselves?