Independent Domestic Violence Advisor
Our Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy service provides support to you at your home if it is safe to do so, at a safe public place in the area you live in, such as your doctor’s surgery, children’s centre or other community venue that you agree to or at NDWA’s Advice and Drop in Centre. Your IDVA worker will help you to think about your situation and consider the options available to you so that you can decide what you would like to do next.
What’s on Offer?
- Help you develop your own safety plan.
- Signpost you to other specialist services to increase your safety - counselling, housing, legal and refuge services.
- Give advice on criminal and civil remedies available to you.
- Keep you up to date with court proceedings
- Attend court with you
- Explain some of the legal jargon and processes
- Work with other agencies to help increase your safety.
- Inform you of your options if a case does not proceed to court.
- Ensure agencies work together to help to keep you safe.
Who is the service offered to?
- Women who have/ are experiencing domestic violence and are at high risk of serious harm.
- Men who have/ are experiencing domestic violence and are at high risk of serious harm.
How to contact us?
You can be referred by any NDWA worker such as an Adult Outreach or an Advice Centre worker. Workers from other agencies or organisations particularly the police can also refer you to the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate, directly or through the Advice Centre. If you are unsure whether this is the right service for you, you can talk to one of our workers at the Advice Centre.
West Bank House, Albion Road, Chesterfield, S40 1LL
Monday to Thursday 10:00am till 4:00pm
Helpline -0800 0198 668
Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Freephone 24 hour helpline
Agency/office line - 01246 540464
Monday to Friday 9:30am till 5:00pm