idva service

nia's IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy) Service is a specialist service for women and their families in Hackney and Haringey who have been assessed at being at high risk of repeated domestic violence.

nia's IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy) Service is a specialist service for women and their families in Hackney and Haringey who have been assessed at being at high risk of repeated domestic violence.

IDVAs are independent from all agencies to ensure the best possible support and advice is offered to each client, but because they work with the highest risk cases, IDVAs are most effective within a multi-agency framework. The IDVA's role in all multi-agency settings is to keep the woman's perspective and safety at the centre of proceedings.

What is high risk domestic violence?

High risk domestic violence is a pattern of abuse which presents a risk of serious harm or homicide. The CAADA* DASH** risk assessment is used to assist practitioners and professionals with establishing whether women may be categorised as high risk.

CAADA estimates that around ten per cent of all domestic violence cases can be described as high risk.

What does the advocacy service include?

  • Safety planning & risk management
  • Information and support about options
  • Assistance in accessing legal advice and representation e.g. to obtain injunctions or for immigration advice
  • Attendance and support at court hearings and meetings with other agencies
  • Emotional support
  • Practical advocacy in regards to housing and benefits
  • Support and safety planning for the future

The IDVA service helps women and their families to live in safety by accessing the support they need to live free from violence and abuse. Advocates work with women on a one-to-one basis to develop a support and safety plan to meet their needs.

Who is the service for?

The service is open to all adult women in London Borough of Hackney and Haringey who are at high risk of repeated domestic violence. The service is free. All women are treated with respect, dignity and sensitivity. We value the diversity of the community and work to ensure all women have access to the services they need.

We work with:

  • women from all cultures and ethnicities
  • disabled women
  • Women with mental health problems
  • lesbian, bi- sexual and transgender women
  • women with problematic substance use
  • women with no recourse to public funds
  • women involved in prostitution.

The Advocates

All IDVAs have taken specialist accredited training from CAADA.

How do I refer or find out more information?

IDVAs do not take self referrals and clients must be referred by completing a CAADA DASH risk assessment and/or though the MARAC. For help making a referral contact

  • Hackney: 0800 056 0905
  • Haringey: 0208 345 1944

nia's IDVA service holds an advice quality standards quality mark for casework (women)advice quality standards' logo

nia's IDVA service achieved CAADA Leading Lights accreditation and adheres to the CAADA IDVA Charter. * Co-ordinated action against domestic abuse ** Domestic Abuse, Stalking and HomicideLeading Light's logo