The Independent Domestic Violence Advisors
The Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) is a government initiative introduced to reduce the number of Domestic Abuse Related Homicides. The IDVA service focuses on high risk clients, by supporting them at a point of crisis, to plan appropriate safety management strategies in order to reduce risk.
The Home Office initiated development of the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) and Specialist Domestic Violence Courts (SDVC). The IDVA service has continued to be central to the MARAC in providing a coordinated service to victims at high risk of serious harm and domestic homicide. IDVAs are also central to the SDVC, providing victims of domestic abuse impartial and independent support, both at criminal court and throughout their contact with the Criminal Justice System. The IDVAs can inform the courts of the victim’s wishes regarding bail conditions and restraining orders, and can support them to go to court to give evidence and to feel safe and protected whilst doing this.