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Independent Domestic Violence Advisor Service (IDVA's)

The service provided by the Independent Domestic Violence Advisor Service (IDVA's) will assist service users to all the necessary support from partner agencies to minimise the risk they face, enhance their safety and rebuild positive lives.  The majority of the time the IDVA will work in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council, District Councils, Police, Health Services, Probation Service, and local third sector support services.

The IDVA will work with the service user from the point of crisis, often after a police call out, an attendance at Accident and Emergency, or through intervention from child or adult services.

The primary objective of the service will be to ensure the safety of the victim, and will:

  • Focus on risk and risk management
  • Directly work with the victims; in this instance, victims of domestic abuse
  • Provide advice and support to enable victims to access a range of legal and non-legal services and resources
  • Engage proactively in multi-agency work, ultimately to help victims and their children move safely towards living violence and abuse free lives

There is a nationally recognised definition of the work of an IDVA shown in Appendix 1.

 

Aims and Objectives

The key aims of this service are:

  • To increase the safety of identified high risk victims and their child(ren) and other vulnerable associate
  • To work from a point of crisis to address and reduce risk, offering short to medium term support
  • To ensure the increased health and wellbeing of identified high risk victim and their child(ren) and other vulnerable associates
  • To ensure that the views of identified high risk victims are represented at the MARAC
  • To provide appropriate information, advice and support to identified high risk victims in relation to civil and criminal justice system, contributing to successful court outcomes
  • To work with identified high risk victims of domestic abuse, to enable them to access the services they need (e.g. health, housing etc) in the aftermath of the abuse
  • To reduce repeat victimisation
  • To reduce violent crime

The independence of advocacy from any particular agency is necessary in achieving the above aims.

Objectives

The primary objectives of the service will be to ensure the safety of the victim, and will:

  • Focus on risk and risk management
  • Directly work with the victims; in this instance, victims of domestic abuse
  • Provide advice and support to enable victims to access a range of legal and non-legal services and resources
  • Engage proactively in multi-agency work, ultimately to help victims and their children move safely towards living violence and abuse free lives

Who to contact

Contact Name
Lincolnshire County Council
Telephone
01522 552222

Where to go

Name
Lincolnshire County Council
Address
County Offices
Newland
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
Postcode
LN1 1YL

This service is listed for your information. Its inclusion on the Family Services Directory does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by Lincolnshire County Council. For more information, go to Terms & Conditions

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