The Buckinghamshire IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) service is a countywide service hosted by Aylesbury Women’s Aid who cover Aylesbury Vale and The Chilterns, and Wycombe Women’s Aid who cover Wycombe and South Bucks. The service provides confidential support and information to people living in Buckinghamshire who have been referred to the MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) because another agency considers her to be high to medium risk of harm because of domestic violence.
The MARAC is made up of a group of representatives from different agencies i.e. Social Care, Police, Probation who work towards making you and any children you have safe.
An IDVA can work with you to ensure that your views are heard by the other agencies and organisations.
- Someone to discuss your options with you; to improve your safety and that of your children.
- Someone to listen.
- Information so that you can make your own choices.
- Safety Planning
- Advocacy and support to visit solicitors, housing, benefits agency, Social Care or other meetings if appropriate.
- Support to prosecute your abuser.
- Support to obtain civil orders.
- Referrals to appropriate agencies.
- Access to Refuge accommodation.
- Workers who can speak Urdu, Punjabi, Pahari and French should you need them.
An IDVA will work with you until your risk level has gone down and your situation is no longer discussed at the MARAC. The maximum time limit for IDVA support is 9 weeks.
The IDVA service is available to all people regardless of age, class, ethnic origin, disability, sexuality, nationality, religion or cultural beliefs. Also people with or without children.
The IDVA service is available on:
Monday to Friday 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Late appointments on request