Independent domestic violence advisers

Independent domestic violence advisers (IDVAs) help keep victims and their children safe from harm from violent partners or family. Funding is now available for IDVAs and MARAC coordinator/administrator services. Find out if you're eligible and how to apply.

On 25 November 2010, the government published the Call to end violence against women and girls strategic narrative which made clear the continuing priority with which it views frontline support to victims of domestic violence and which committed to further central funding to support these services over the next four years to 2014/15.

Applications were invited from qualifying agencies and organisations in England and Wales to bid for money to support Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVAs) and Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) co-ordinators/ administrators.

IDVAs are trained specialists who provide a service to victims who are at high risk of harm from intimate partners, ex-partners or family members, with the aim of securing their safety and the safety of their children.  Serving as a victim’s primary point of contact, IDVAs normally 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.  They are pro-active in implementing the plans, which address immediate safety, including practical steps to enable victims to protect themselves and their children, as well as longer-term solutions. IDVAs will represent their clients at the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) and help implement safety plans which will include actions from the MARAC as well as sanctions and remedies available through the criminal and civil courts, housing options and services available through other organisations. IDVAs support and work over the short- to medium-term to put victims on the path to long-term safety. 

MARAC coordinator/administrators have a crucial role in establishing effective communication between all parties who attend MARAC. They may need to give appropriate information to partner agencies about the MARAC process and will also need to work with the Chair to identify agency gaps within the MARAC and continue to establish links with these agencies to enable full participation at the MARAC.

The organisations and agencies that successfully bid for the funding available are listed below.

Successful bids for IDVAs and MARACs

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