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Leeway to Run IDVA Service Across Suffolk

04 OctIndependent domestic violence advocacy

We are delighted to announce that we have been commissioned by the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, to provide the Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) service in Suffolk in partnership with Suffolk Constabulary. 

This service supports those who have been assessed as being at high risk of serious harm and comes into effect from October 2018. 

As part of the service, the IDVA team organise a multi-agency response to assess the safety and security of both the person and their family, coordinating a safety plan to keep them safe and providing updates as the case progresses through the criminal justice system.

In the year 2016/17, we supported 3,456 people through the Norfolk IDVA service, with over 9,000 adults, children and young people supported across all the charity’s services.

Mandy Proctor, Chief Executive of Leeway, said:

 “We are delighted to be running the IDVA service across Suffolk, supporting those at high-risk of serious harm. It is an important service and we are committed to working in partnership with other agencies to ensure we provide high-quality support to those experiencing domestic abuse.” 

Tim Passmore, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, said: 

“I am absolutely delighted to be able to provide this service to victims by funding this invaluable IDVA service. I’m particularly pleased that this service is independent from the Constabulary, which is more reassuring to those who choose, for whatever reason, not to report their abuse to the police.

“Since becoming PCC in 2012 I have seen just how huge an issue domestic abuse is in the county and how important it is to make sure the victims of this crime are properly supported.

“I look forward to working with Leeway and would like to take this opportunity to thank Lighthouse Women’s Aid who have provided this vital service for the past three years.”

If you would like to know more about any of the services we provide, please get in touch. You can call leeway on 0300 561 0077 or email admin@leewaynwa.org.uk.

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