New Support Service Introduced for Those at Risk of Domestic Abuse in Bradford District 

Thursday 21 September 2023

A new support service has been extended across Bradford District to help those at risk of domestic abuse.  

The Domestic Abuse Partnership Team is working with Staying Put a support service for victims of domestic abuse to launch a new Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) car from Monday to Friday. 

This will be an additional resource to support the weekend IDVA car already in place.  

This will be staffed by a Staying Put IDVA and a Police Officer every day, providing support for victim’s who are at high risk of domestic abuse. 

The IDVA car started earlier this week and will support victims and offer the reassurance to victims that help and support is available to them, not just online and over the phone but in person too. 

Officers and staff will support victims through the MARAC process, Clare’s Law, Domestic Violence Protection orders and perpetrator management and keep victims up to date with safeguarding measures like Smart Water and video doorbells. 

Detective Sergeant Holly Johnson from the Domestic Abuse Partnership Team in Bradford said: 

“This is a fantastic provision where we can focus solely on safeguarding victims who are vulnerable and at high risk of Domestic Abuse.  

“This new IDVA car 7 days a week is an additional safeguarding tool which aims to build positive relationships to support and encourage victims to engage with Staying Put and the Police.  

“We work in partnership with Staying Put (Survive and Thrive), the Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence team within Bradford Council and Bradford Children & Families Trust to share information and support victims and families experiencing Domestic Abuse."

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