Independent domestic violence advisor (IDVA)

The main purpose of independent domestic violence advisors (IDVA) is to address the safety of victims at high risk (14+ on DASH risk assessment) of harm from intimate partners, ex-partners or family members to secure their safety and the safety of their children.

Serving as a victim's primary point of contact, IDVAs normally work with their clients from the point of crisis to assess the level of risk, discuss the range of suitable options and develop safety plans.

They are pro-active in implementing the plans, which address immediate safety, including practical steps to allow the client to protect themselves and their children, as well as longer-term solutions. These plans will include actions from the MARAC as well as sanctions and remedies available through the criminal and civil courts, housing options and services available through other organisations. IDVAs support and work over the short- to medium-term to put their clients on the path to long-term safety. IDVAs receive specialist accredited training and hold a nationally recognised qualification.

Whenever a referral is made to MARAC, a referral must also be made to the relevant IDVA team using the joint referral form.

Contact the IDVA service

Derbyshire County and Derby City IDVA Service - tel: 01332 985111

  • core service: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm
  • duty service: Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm and Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays from 10am to 6pm

North Bolsover only - tel: 01246 593063.

Or email the referral form via secure email:

Derbyshire County and Derby City - email: 

Agencies using a .cjsm account please use :

North Bolsover only - email:

The IDVA and MARAC referral form is attached to this page. Remember to attach a completed DASH form to your referral.

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