The provision of local specialist support services is key in addressing the needs of domestic violence victims and their families.
An integral element of these support services across the Cleveland is the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA).
The accredited IDVA service works with high risk victims of domestic violence. Referrals into the service come from the Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC’s) and/or Specialist Domestic Violence Courts, which operate at Teesside and Hartlepool Magistrates courts.
The IDVA service provides a range of options to improve the safety of victims and their families. It offers information and support, crisis intervention, safety planning, advocacy and practical and emotional support. Support enables victims to make positive changes, reduce risk and minimise risk of repeat victimisation.
Overall the service ensures that the needs of victims and their families are met. It works in partnership with a range of local organisations to cope with the immediate impact of domestic abuse and help victims recover from the harm, which they have experienced.