Independent Domestic Violence Advocates

What is Domestic abuse?

Please visit our support pages to find out the different types of abuse one may experience, the contact details for supportive organisations and tips on covering your tracks.

In addition to this information, SHL offers service users the opportunity to have a supportive telephone discussion with an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA).

What is an IDVA?

An IDVA is an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate, whose role is to provide specialist advice and support to adults and young people experiencing abuse from a current or former intimate partner or family member, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The SHL IDVA is part of the clinical team based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

When you order a test kit you can opt to request a call back from the IDVA/SHL clinical team or you can contact the IDVA directly yourself by calling 020 3315 4515 or emailing [email protected].

The support offered is tailored to individual needs and wishes, some examples of support available include:

  • Risk assessment, risk management and ongoing safety planning
  • Emotional support and empowerment, supporting individuals to make informed decisions
  • Working with survivors of domestic abuse to increase their, and their dependent's, safety and well being
  • Tailored safety planning
  • Advocacy and liaison with services such as housing, police, socialservices, health and mental health services
  • Information and support with housing, including access to emergencyor alternative accommodation options and free home security measures
  • Support through the Criminal Justice System and assistance inaccessing legal advice  e.g.,attending court hearings for emotional support
  • Information and support about Civil Orders and Injunctions
  • Signposting and support to access services such as, emotionalsupport services and counselling, legal advice and substance misusesupport

Please note, if you opt for being contacted by the team their calls may be from a with-held number or the Chelsea and Westminster switchboard number – 02033153000.

Please do let the team know if you have any safety considerations.