IDVA and ISVA service


Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs) support victims of domestic violence who are at the highest risk of serious injury. Our IDVAs are all accredited and have the experience, skills and knowledge to support clients and help to manage and reduce risk.

An IDVA can help with the following:

  • Creating safety plans and undertaking risk assessments.
  • Accompanying clients to court.
  • Supporting clients to give evidence and write victim impact statements.
  • Specialist substance misuse IDVA.
  • Assisting clients in increasing security in their property.
  • Providing emotional support to clients and referring them to counselling or mental health services.
  • Working with social services on child protection issues


An Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) is trained to look after clients needs. We make sure we provide the best service to clients by ensuring our ISVA is accredited and qualified to explain the process of reporting to the police and also the importance of forensic DNA retrieval.

An ISVA can help with the following:

  • Provide emotional support
  • Help clients to communicate with the police
  • Help clients develop coping strategies and support networks.
  • Provide support through the court process
  • Help clients to get specialist support such as counselling.
  • Help clients consider their options and provide them with information and support on the Criminal Justice System.

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