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Lancashire Violence Reduction Network is seeking bids for an evaluation of the new multi-agency risk reduction assessment and coordination (MARRAC) process, which was first piloted in South Division within Lancashire Constabulary in June 2019 and is gradually in the process of being rolled out across Lancashire.


Lancashire Violence Reduction Network

In July 2019, the Government announced Home Office funding to assist 18 police force areas to set up violence reduction units. Lancashire was selected as one of the 18 areas. One of the Lancashire Violence Reduction Network’s 2020-2025 Strategy priority areas is to support process, impact and economic evaluation work of violence prevention interventions.


A MARAC is a meeting during which information is shared between representatives of local police, health, child protection, housing practitioners, independent domestic violence advisors, probation and other specialists from statutory and voluntary sectors. The MARAC process aims to protect victims of domestic abuse and violence by bringing agencies and services together through regular meetings to discuss cases deemed as high risk. Victims and perpetrators do not attend the conference. Over the past few years, demand on MARAC has increased significantly and its effectiveness has been questioned by professionals involved.

New MARRAC approach in Lancashire

As a result of unprecedented demand and professional concerns, over the past 18 months, a group of multi-agency practitioners with expertise in domestic abuse and violence have undertaken a systems review into the current MARAC arrangements in Lancashire. This has led to a complete re-design of the service and an exciting opportunity to work more effectively and holistically with individuals and families, co-ordinating support with a clear aim to prevent further domestic abuse and violence.

The new approach has been designed by listening to the perspectives of people involved in domestic violence and abuse. The team works inclusively with victims, perpetrators and children, in order to ascertain the needs of individuals and families. It is these individuals and families who remain at the heart of the MARRAC team’s work. Whilst there is a wealth of programme data available (approximately 60 measures), no formal evaluation of the new MARRAC approach has taken place.



  1. An outline of your proposed methodology and methods.
  2. A breakdown of anticipated expenses, including staffing and overheads.

Deadline: The closing date for the quotation has been set for 12.00 noon on Monday 20th July 2020.

Should you require any further details, please feel free to contact Dr Lindsay Youansamouth:


Phone: 01772 532397

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