FINAL REPORT: Evaluation of the Independent Domestic Violence Advisor Plus within Bath and North East Somerset

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Abstract

This project evaluates the Independent Domestic Violence Advisor Plus service (IDVA+), and multiagency working involving the IDVA+, in Bath and North East Somerset. The research methods included a focus group with the IDVA+ and related service providers, service user questionnaires, service user interview, interviews with related service providers, and analysis of the IDVA+ anonymised data base. The data indicates that the IDVA+ service is vital both for service users and related organisations, with service providers’ adamant that their clients would be worse off if there was no IDVA+ service to refer them to and service users emphasising that they were empower after working with the IDVA+. In addition, victim-survivor qualitative responses and the database indicate that not only do they feel safer, the majority that engage with the service are formally assessed as less at risk once they leave the project. The main areas of development recommended was the mainstreaming of funding; more IDVA/IDVA+ workers available at times of high demand; and a new project to improve referral rates from mental health teams.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages78
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2021

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