Welcome to the Parents Forum and thank you for posting.
There can be different ways that a parent and child may be referred to MARAC-not just scoring a high risk level, after completion of the risk assessment. For example, if your partner is a repeat offender or if professionals have assessed that the risks to you are increasing, this may result in a referral.
You could check your local authority website or local safeguarding board for the MARAC policies in your area. Your consent is not always needed (though preferred) for a referral to MARAC to take place.
In answer to your question, your case may be closed after a set time (6 to 8 weeks) if your IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) had lost touch with you and had not been able to contact you, after making a concerted effort.
The IDVA, would have represented your views as well as providing expert advice at the MARAC meeting.
Women’s Aid are right to say that the case will remain dormant and so a further referral may well result in further MARAC support.
Another way the MARAC may be closed, is if your partners risk meets the MAPPA (Multi agency public protection )
level, then MAPPA will take over, although this does not sound as if this would have happened in your case.
Why don’t you contact your IDVA (independent domestic violence advocate) and find out whether the MARAC case is closed?
In case you want support at a later date, here is information about MARAC
and the support they can help you access.
The support that might be available, could be:
• Housing -adapting and making your home safe or helping you move across local authority borders to a safe accommodation;
• Children services -family support
• Education - ensuring children are only collected after school by safe adults.
Your partner could also reduce his own risky behaviour by accessing a course and therapy to get to the bottom of why he has needed to behave in an abusive way and to learn strategies to help him manage this in the future. He could contact the confidential helpline at Respect
about what support is on offer.
You do not say whether your partner is also a father. If he is, here is information
on our Young Parents website about father being assessed as risks or resources to families that he may find useful.
Women’s Aid can advise you about support you could access, such as the Freedom programme.
I hope this advice helps. Please post back if you need further advice or you could call our advice line on 0808 801 0366.