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Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service   

 

[Note: the IDVA Service is no longer delivered by VIDA [from April 2015] but the telephone/fax contact numbers are the same. To email individual staff members use: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]  Tel: 0114 249 3920

The IDVA Service works primarily with women who are at the highest levels of risk from domestic abuse in the city, and helps them to increase their safety by providing:

  • advocacy and advice around domestic abuse
  • safety planning
  • support through court proceedings
  • signposting to specialist services: housing, legal services, refuge provision and home safety services
  • a voice in the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) process

Young Happy Woman with city backgroundIDVAS Advocates support women, and occasionally men,assessed as high risk, to take steps to reduce their risk levels and to hold perpetrators to account through the Police, Probation and legal or other remedies.
If someone is identified as high risk they can be referred to a Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) where all the agencies working with the people involved can share information and develop action plans to help keep victims and their children safe. IDVAS are heavily involved in the MARAC process.

The IDVAS team continue to be co-located with the DA Helpline & Assessment Service.

Domestic Abuse and Health Statistics

  • 20-30% of injuries that send women to A&E departments are caused by physical abuse from partners (Shornstein 1997)
  • 30% of domestic violence starts in pregnancy. (Lewis and Drife, 2001, 2005)
  • Domestic violence has been identified as a prime cause of miscarriage or still-birth (Mezey, 1997), and of maternal deaths during childbirth (Lewis and Drife, 2001, 2005).