Topic outline

  • 7.2 Multi-Agency Tasking and Coordination (MATAC) Process

    • 1. Background Information

      In support of the Police and Crime Commissioner's 'Violence Against Women and Girls' Strategy, Northumbria Police has developed a proactive method of identifying and tackling domestic abuse perpetrators.  An analytical programme is used to highlight those who cause the most harm, then once identified a multi-agency process will be implemented to actively target the most harmful individuals with the intended outcome of reducing reoffending and safeguarding victims.

      This procedure outlines individual responsibilities and ownership in the process of identifying and tackling domestic abuse perpetrators , including serial domestic abuse perpetrators.

      A serial perpetrator, for the purposes of this document, is defined as:

      An offender who:

      • is listed as a suspect or an offender
      • is on more than one domestic abuse incident or HRN record (which incorporates both when crimes are recorded and when they are not)
      • against two or more different victims
      • this includes partner / ex-partners, familial relationships, non-violent incidents, and nominals aged 16 and over within the last 3 years

      In order to identify the most harmful perpetrators, a process has been developed using an analytical programme namely the Recency, Frequency, Gravity (RFG) process.  Data is extracted to identify the most harmful perpetrators of domestic abuse by a process of quantitative analysis using weighted matrices.

      • 2. MATAC Process Overview


        • Determine most harmful domestic abuse perpetrators from police data using the RFG analytical process
        • Incorporate partner referrals and assess against RFG data
        • Determine subjects for targeting (combining first 2 points) and produce subject (perpetrator) profiles
        • Hold 4 weekly MATAC meeting and determine method of targeting each perpetrator
        • Manage and track partnership actions
        • 3. MATAC Meeting

          A MATAC Meeting will take place 4-weekly in each area command (Northern, Central and Southern) so each meeting will be covering two local authority areas.

          A cohort of partners has been determined for each local authority area, based on each partner member being able to have an input into targeting domestic abuse perpetrators.  Each cohort member will sign up to an information sharing agreement.