Independent Domestic Violence Advisers

Independent Domestic Violence Advisers

 

What is an IDVA and what is unique about the service that they provide?

 

Independent domestic violence advisers (IDVAs) can help to advise you on you and your children's safety. IDVAs are specialist support workers who work from the point of crisis and have a well defined role underpinned by a professional training programme.

 

They offer intensive short-term support, the length of time depending on your needs.

 

MARAC

If you are a high risk victim of domestic abuse you will be referred to a MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference). You will not be invited to the meeting, so an IDVA is essential to represent you.

DV Courts

An 1 DVA can also be a key point of contact for you if you are a witness in a trial. Deciding to prosecute is a brave decision and this worker will support you through the process. These specialists will also offer safety planning, practical support and help liaising with statutory agencies (the Police etc.)

Am I eligible for IDVA support?

Anyone who is 1 6+ years and is experiencing domestic abuse either through an intimate partner or family dynamic. lDVAs prioritise support for high risk victims of domestic abuse.

If you are not high risk we will support you if we can, or we will find you someone who can help.

This service is open to anyone regardless of their background as long as they meet the criteria, we are committed to equality.

 

We will accept self or agency referrals and will assess suitability within a timescale of 1 week.

Those already identified as high risk will be contacted within 48 hours of the referral.

We do not support perpetrators of domestic violence but will signpost them on to other services.

Keeping safe

The most important step you can take to protect yourself and your children from abuse is to build a
Safety Plan.

Your plan may include some of the following:
  • Teach your children how to call 999
  •  Practice how you will leave the home safely in an emergency
  •   Tell trusted family or friends what is going on
  • Arrange to have a safe place to go to
  •  Prepare a bag of clothes, medication and other essentials for yourself and your children. Hide the bag where you can get to it in a hurry if you have to leave quickly
  • Make several copies of important papers and keep one set in the bag (other copies could go to trusted friends or left somewhere safe at work). You will need things such as proof of identity, driving license, birth certificates, passports, financial/insurance information, benefit books or letters, court orders etc.
  •   Keep your address book and diary with you
  •  If you have a car, make an extra set of keys and hide them where you can get to them if you need to.

What about my children?

Domestic abuse can affect children physically, psychologically, emotionally and socially. Every child is different and may show some or none of the behaviours below:

  • bedwetting
  • stomach aches
  • headaches
  • sleep disturbances,
  • nightmares
  • depression
  • feelings of helplessness and powerlessness
  • poor personal hygiene
  • tired and lethargic,
  • desensitisation to pain
  • regression in development tasks - for example: thumb sucking, aggression- out of control behaviour, difficulty in trusting others, overachiever or underachiever, holding themselves responsible for the abuse and feeling guilty

lDVAs will help with safety planning for you and your children.

 Please contact us here with any questions


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