Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisors (IDSVA)

Victim Support provides an integrated support service for victims of crime and abuse. This includes specialist support through Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisors.

Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) - support victims of domestic abuse who are at high risk of serious harm or homicide.  They will help to address the safety of victims by representing their views and liaising with other agencies.  They will act as a single point of contact for victims/survivors, providing emotional and practical support. 

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) – work as part of The Bridgeway and will support victims/survivors of rape or serious sexual assault (including children aged 5+). ISVA will provide support regardless of whether they have reported the incident/s to the police or not and support non-recent and recent cases. Their role includes emotional and practical support, helping service users understand and navigate the criminal justice system and representing their service user’s with other agencies.

Some staff carry out a dual role as Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisors (IDSVAs), working with victims of both domestic abuse and sexual assault, in particular more complex cases. 

REFERRAL DETAILS:

The service can be contacted on 03003030157 during office hours (8am-6pm Monday- Friday) and the Supportline is available for service users 24/7 on 0808 1689111

For victims of domestic abuse who are at high risk of harm or homicide (whether or not they have reported to the police), referrals can be made by emailing highpvp@victimsupport.cjsm.net. A completed DASH risk assessment must be provided. 

If you are unsure about which email address to submit a referral to, contact the service or email:  Vcu.cumbria@victimsupport.cjsm.net or CumbriaVARC@victimsupport.org.uk (not secure)

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