Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

Who do they work with?

IDVAs work with women who have been DASH (Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment and Honour based violence) risk assessed and been viewed as being high risk survivors.

IDVAs can get referrals from the police and so you may be contacted by and IDVA if you had police attend your property. IDVAs also get referrals from other agencies and services for example social care and health.

You will be contacted by an IDVA if you are informed by a professional that your case is going to Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC).

What does the service provide?

The IDVA service provides short term (approximately six weeks) intervention support work, you will be offered emotional and practical support with the main aim of being to reduce risk and increase safety for yourself and everyone in your household.
We also have YPVAs (Young People Violence Advocates) who work with high risk young women who are trained in working with young people about their experiences of domestic abuse.

Types of interventions that are available to IDVAs are for example:-

  • Emotional support on the phone or face to face sessions.
  • Information about civil and criminal remedies to safeguard adult and children.
  • Information and advocacy for you at the MARAC.
  • To advocate on your behalf with other key agencies for example police, health and social services.
  • Referral to other services, including mental health support, drug and alcohol, counselling and other NWAL services.

What can I expect if I am referred into IDVA service?

You can expect from the IDVA service:-

  • A phone call from a specialist trained IDVA within 48 hours of the referring coming into the service.
  • Confidential support where you are listened to and believed, where your feelings and experiences are discussed so the IDVA can provide bespoke information and provide interventions for your current and future risks.
  • A collaborative professional process between you and the IDVA to create a safety and support plan to meet your needs and wishes as well as other people in your household.
  • A clear understanding of what the IDVA has put in place and what referrals have been made on your / your children’s behalf.
  • A greater understanding of your experience and the various interventions that can be activated in the future.

Court Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) service

Who do they work with?

Courts IDVAs work with women who may be going to be a witness in the criminal court, or applying for civil remedies to protect themselves and their family. We also support women who may want court support in regards to family court procedures such as child contact.

You can self refer into the court IDVA service if you want support in the near future, agencies can also refer in the service.

You will be contacted by court IDVAs if you have been issued with a Domestic Violence Protection Order soon after the police issue it.

You will be contacted by a court IDVA if your case is being heard at the Nottinghamshire Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC).

What does the service provide?

The court IDVA service provides support for you in regards to future legal proceedings you are entering.

Types of interventions that are available to IDVAs are for example:-

  • Discussing with you if you want special measures on the court date
  • Linking you in with other court specialist services
  • Arranging pre court visits to criminal courts.
  • Creating safety and support plans to support you in accessing civil remedies and attending court.
  • On the day support by attending court with you
  • Emotional support on the phone or face to face sessions
  • Providing you with information about court outcomes.
  • Referral to other services, including mental health support, drug and alcohol, counselling and other NWAL services

What can I expect if I am referred into Court IDVA service?

You can expect from the Court IDVA service:-

  • A phone call from a specialist trained Court IDVA to talk to you about what your experience is and what support you want soon after the referral has come into the service.
  • Confidential support where you are listened to and believed, where your feelings and experiences are discussed so the Court IDVA can provide bespoke information and organise to ensure that all measures that you request are actioned before going to court.
  • Ongoing conversations where the Court IDVA explains the court process and the multiple options that are available to you.
  • After you have made your decision the Court IDVA actioning them on your behalf and keeping in contact with you before court, on the day off and after court.
  • A clear understanding of what the Court IDVA has put in place and what you can expect before the court date, on the court date and after the court date.
  • A greater understanding of domestic abuse and the various interventions that can be activated in the future.