independent domestic violence adviser (IDVA)

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trained specialist who provides a service to victims at high risk of harm from intimate partners, ex-partners or family members, with the aim of securing their, and their children’s, safety; also known as independent domestic violence advocates; serve as a victim’s primary point of contact and usually work with their clients from the point of crisis, to assess the level of risk, discuss the range of suitable options and develop safety plans; can be accessed through voluntary organisations against domestic abuse or local authority services, and usually work within a multi-agency framework

 

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