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IDVA/ISVA support

Independent domestic/sexual violence advocates main purpose is to address the safety of victims at high risk of harm from intimate partners, ex-partners or family members to secure their safety and the safety of their children.

However in our experience, they are so much more than this. They act as a primary point of contact from the referral stage all the way through to either court sentencing or when a victim feels they no longer need that support. They often discuss safety plans and help develop longer term solutions. 

Their services are usually for people aged 16+ years. There are however services called CYPIDVA (children and young people IDVAs - or others with similar names) that offer support under 16 years. 

They receive specialist accredited training and hold a nationally recognised qualification. 

According to SafeLives, studies have shown that when high risk clients engage with an IDVA, there are clear and measurable improvements in safety, including a reduction on in the escalation and severity of abuse and a reduction or even cessation in repeat incidents of abuse. 

If you don't want to go to the police but are worried about yours or your children's safety, don't suffer in silence. There are always people that want to help you. 

Referrals can be made by the victim themselves, by a professional on their behalf or the police. 

We are in the process of building a directory of all IDVA/ISVA services in the UK which will be available soon. 

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