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Independent Domestic Violence Adviser (IDVA)

An independent domestic violence adviser is commonly known as an ‘IDVA’. An IDVA’s role is to support victims of domestic violence or abuse. These victims may be at high risk of harm from intimate partners, ex-partners or family member.

IDVAs are usually based in a refuge or a domestic abuse support service. They will work with the victim to assess the level of risk. They will help them to discuss available options and develop safety plans. This will include practical steps to keep the victim and their children safe. This may include sanctions and remedies available through the criminal and civil courts.

The IDVA will also act as the victim’s voice in a multi-agency risk assessment conference – MARAC.

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