County Council IDVA Team

Cambridgeshire IDVA Service is a team of Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs), who provide an independent service offering crisis intervention and support to victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Crisis support is defined as being short-term following a reported incident of abuse.

The IDVA team are employed by Cambridgeshire County Council and based at Cambridgeshire’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Referrals into the service originate primarily from Police and in addition other partner services.

The IDVA team work across the county, in addition, there are externally funded IDVA’s for:

Young people 13-19 years.
Victims and survivors from Eastern European A8 countries.
Victims and survivors whose referrals come from Addenbrookes and Hinchingbrooke Hospital Services.
IDVA’s are able to:

Talk through clients’ options and give information to help them make decisions.
Advocate with other partner services on behalf of their clients.
Assist with personal safety planning for clients and their children in order to reduce risk.
Support clients through the civil and criminal justice system.
Support/options given regarding housing and alternative safe accommodation.
Provide emotional support.
Support is available via telephone or by appointment in a face-to-face meeting.
Clients can only be referred with their consent and contact takes place at safe times and in safe locations.

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