The Police and Crime Commissioner has provided a financial contribution to each Local authority Community Safety Partnership towards IDVA provision since 2012.
Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) provide a range of options to improve the safety of victims and their families, offering information and support, crisis intervention, safety planning, advocacy and practical and emotional support to enable victims to make positive changes, reduce risk and minimise the risk of repeat victimisation.
For 2019/20, following discussion with partner, it was agreed that the PCC would directly grant fund the Local Authority Commissioned Domestic Abuse Services to support and add value to the current commissioned services through increasing IDVA provision.
The funding will be awarded to the following:
- Harbour Support Service – £60,000 (delivering in Hartlepool and Stockton)
- Foundation UK – £30,000 (Redcar and Cleveland)
- My Sisters Place – £30,000 (Middlesbrough)
Future commissioning intentions for Domestic Abuse post 2019/20 will be shared in due coursefollowing the publication of the Whole System Approach Evaluation expected in July 2019.