IDVA

An Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) provides support to victims considered to be at high risk of harm from their intimate partners, ex-partners or other family members.

 

The main priority of the IDVA Service is to increase the safety of victims and their children.  The support IDVAs offer is intended to be short to medium term aiming to reduce the risk of further domestic abuse and the effects it may cause.

An IDVA can help with the following:

  • Support clients to manage their finances and identify their entitlements
  • Creating safety plans and undertaking risk assessments
  • Accompanying clients to court or arranging pre-trial visits
  • Supporting clients to give evidence and write victim impact statements
  • Requesting special measures eg. screens to conceal clients in court so they don’t have to face their abuser, separate safe waiting areas at court etc
  • Helping clients to access refuge accommodation
  • Helping clients to increase security in their property so that they can continue to live safely at home or support them to move
  • Providing emotional support and referring victims to counselling or mental health services or any other relevant services.
  • Liaise with social workers
  • Support clients to access legal advice
  • Represent clients at inter agency meetings
  • Liaise with Police to secure update where there are criminal proceedings or investigations.

 

Testimonials

  • "I have found the support from Southern Domestic Abuse Service life saving for me. Without the support I couldn't imagine how my family and I could have moved on with our lives. I am eternally grateful for all your support both emotionally and advisory. I have gained so much more self worth from your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Sandra

  • "I have found the support from Southern Domestic Abuse Service life saving for me. Without the support I couldn't imagine how my family and I could have moved on with our lives. I am eternally grateful for all your support both emotionally and advisory. I have gained so much more self worth from your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Kerrie

  • "From the circumstances I left behind, I have felt safe living in this house. I have had good times and bad, but I am really grateful for all of your help, you have provided me with. Thank you." Ruth

  • "Thank you SDAS for teaching me how to play the game. I am back in control of my life and my self esteem." Donna