Victim Support Independent Domestic Violence Advisory Service Bedfordshire
How can the IDVA Service help? Our Independent Domestic Violence Advisory (IDVA) Service is a SafeLives Leading Lights accredited service reflecting good & safe practice. We are here to offer advice, advocacy and support to high risk victims of domestic abuse across Bedfordshire. We support any victims over the age of 16 years old that are at risk of significant harm, regardless of their sexuality, gender, disability, culture or background. If you are a victim of domestic abuse we offer a free, independent & confidential service. We can provide support with the following:
- Listen to your concerns and assess current risks to ensure that you receive the most appropriate support.
- Develop a safety & support plan based on your individual circumstances, explore your options and give you choices.
- Provide advice & information about the range, effectiveness and suitability of options to improve your safety and that of your children.
- Explore the option of having a survey to look at how secure your home is and look at security & target hardening.
- Discuss housing options available to you including homelessness & refuge and inform you of your rights in relation to housing.
- Support you with criminal matters; explaining the criminal justice process and the effectiveness of criminal & civil remedies and organising a pre-trial visit or support for you at court.
- Support you in obtaining civil remedies such as non-molestation orders.
- Liaise with agencies such as Housing, the Crown Prosecution Service, Police, Solicitors, Social Care and other relevant organisations or advocate on your behalf, enabling your voice to be heard.
- Signposting you to agencies in regards to financial issues that have resulted from the domestic abuse.
- Advocating for you at the MARAC (multi-agency risk assessment conference) where agencies work collectively to try and reduce your risk and aim to keep you and your children safer.
- Support you to access other specialist agencies/support networks such as counselling and the Freedom Programme.
Geographical area service coversBedfordshire, including Luton
Who is the service for?We support any victims over the age of 16 years old that are at risk of significant harm, regardless of their sexuality, gender, disability, culture or background.
Referral routes into service (professionals, self)We accept referrals from any sources including self -referrals.
Risk level you supportHigh Risk
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What do our service users say about us?
“My IDVA has done a fantastic job it made a massive difference having someone there to advise me rather than just tell me what to do”
“I felt supported and knew I could say anything to my IDVA and would not be judged and that they were there for me”
“I feel stronger and more able to cope as a result of the support I have been getting from my IDVA”
“My IDVA was very supportive and she understood the cultural aspects”
“I knew that support was only a phone call away”