Independent domestic violence advisor (IDVA)
The main purpose of independent domestic violence advisors (IDVA) is to address the safety of victims at high risk (14+ on DASH risk assessment) of harm from intimate partners, ex-partners or family members to secure their safety and the safety of their children.
The main purpose of an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) is to address the safety of victims at high risk (14+ on Domestic Abuse Stalking and Honour (DASH) risk assessment) of harm from intimate partners, ex-partners or family members; to secure their safety and the safety of their children.
Serving as a victim's primary point of contact, IDVAs normally work with their clients from the point of crisis to constantly assess the level of risk, discuss the range of suitable options and develop safety plans.
IDVAs are proactive in implementing the plans which address immediate safety, including practical steps to allow the client to protect themselves and their children, as well as longer-term solutions. These plans will include actions from the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC), as well as sanctions and remedies available through the criminal and civil courts, housing options and services available through other organisations. IDVAs support and work over the short to medium term to put their clients on the path to long-term safety. IDVAs receive specialist accredited training and hold a nationally recognised qualification.
Whenever a referral is made to MARAC, a referral must also be made to the relevant IDVA team using the joint referral form. IDVAs cover all areas of the county.
IDVA service contact details
The Derbyshire and Derby IDVA Service is available on tel: 01332 985111.
- core service:
- Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm
- duty service:
- Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm
- Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays from 10am to 6pm
North Bolsover only, tel: 01246 593063.
North Bolsover only, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or email the referral form via secure email: MARAC@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk
Derbyshire County and Derby City, email:mailto:IDVAservice@findtheglow.org.uk
Agencies using a .cjsm account please email: IDVA.email@example.com
The IDVA and MARAC referral form is attached to this page. Remember to attach a completed DASH form to your referral.