Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons.

Protecting domestic violence victims

Save_IDVAs_-_DV_services_safe_lives.JPGI've signed the Safe Lives pledge to commit to fight for my local Idvas and help keep domestic violence victims #SafeAtHome.

What is an Idva?

An Idva is a specialist professional who works with a victim of domestic abuse to develop a trusting relationship. They can help a victim with everything they need to become safe and rebuild their life, and represent their voice at a Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conference (Marac), as well as helping them to navigate the criminal justice process and working with the different statutory agencies to provide wraparound support. 

The impact of an Idva

Following support from an Idva service, at the closure of their cases:

• Nearly 60% of victims reported cessation of abuse

• 84% of victims reported feeling safer

• 81% of victims felt their quality of life had improved

Two out of three Idva services say they don't have access to sustainable funding. If we're going to keep more people safe at home, this has to change. 

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