What help is available?
Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA)
IDVAs offer practical, needs led support to those that have experienced domestic abuse. This support can range from urgent and immediate risk management support, eg arranging emergency housing or assisting with obtaining a non-molestation order (injunction) from the court to longer term support; debt management and benefits advice, arranging counselling and rehousing.
On referral one of our IDVA team will contact you to arrange to see you in a place that is safe and discreet. We will conduct a risk and needs assessment. We will then explain all of your options and address any immediate safety needs. Together with you we will create a support plan based on what you would like. We understand that meeting a stranger to talk about your experience of domestic abuse can be daunting, we can offer as much or as little support as you would like. We can contact other agencies and services for you and act as your advocate and support at meetings and court hearings.
Some of the things we regularly support people with are;
• Finance and Debt
• Child Contact