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Good practice: carrying out a risk assessment

The DASH is most successfully completed on a face to face basis with the victim within a safe environment; however where this is not possible, the DASH can be completed retrospectively, in order to capture key information and to allow practitioners opportunity to record immediate concerns and risks observed based upon their own professional judgement.

Upon completion of the DASH please follow the referral path shown in the flow chart. It is advised that all agencies, where appropriate, use the DASH within the framework of their own agencies information sharing policy and procedures. For more information please contact the Community Safety team or click here to access PDF versions.

If the DASH suggests a victim is not at high risk, they should be advised of the services available to them and support offered to make a referral. The victim should also be offered information to take away should they wish to self-refer at a later point.

Consent should always be sought before referral to MARAC but is not required. However, the victim should be advised of action taken wherever possible and if it is safe to do so.

Where a case is considered suitable for MARAC, an IDVA will make contact with the victim within 2 working days. Working with the victim to share helpful days/times of day will support this process.

Engagement is often supported where referring agencies work with the victim to explain what will happen next, including reassurance and encouragement. Please ensure that the service user is aware that:

  • All domestic abuse support services are confidential and information will not be shared without consent (subject to safeguarding guidelines).
  • Specialist services will provide advice, support and safety planning in line with the victim's wishes. They will not do anything without the consent of the victim.
  • The support offered is confidential and the perpetrator will not be made aware.