Who We Fund
We fund Independent Domestic Violence Advisors and Prevention Workers across the UK:
- Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) are trained domestic violence workers who deal with the most high-risk cases – those cases where the victim is in danger of serious harm or death. IDVA’s liaise directly with the police, social services and courts in order to protect individual victims and their children, as effectively as possible. They save thousands of lives each year.
- Prevention Workers are trained to educate children and young adults (male and female) on healthy relationships and the types of domestic violence in order to raise awareness, foster healthy attitudes and break the cycle of abuse.
How are we different?
- We are the only charity that gives solely and directly to the services that help women and children victims of abuse.
- We are a grant-making charity ‘with a twist’ – with expertise and objectivity to analyse the domestic abuse sector, identify gaps in services, and coordinate with grassroots organisations to put our initiatives in place
- We acts as a nexus between donors and community organisations, providing direct access to on-the-ground organisations and adding value by matching donors’ interests to vetted organisations, thus ensuring undertakings are successful.
Some of posts that we are funding/have funded include:
The Dash Charity
From January 2013 to August 2014 a Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) IDVA supported 112 clients. The BME IDVA provides bilingual support in community languages (Urdu, Panjabi, Hindi) and is particularly sensitive as to cultural issues such as honour-based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, and immigration issues which are prevalent in many BME domestic abuse cases.
A Prevention Worker interacted with 1718 children and young people between April 2014 and January 2015 through 37 workshops.
The Newcastle Victim Support IDVA Post
The Specialist Domestic Violence Court IDVA attended court once a week in order to pass on victim information to the Crown Prosecution Service and relayed court outcomes to the victim. The IDVA ensured that safety plans were in place at every stage of the case irrespective of the route the victim chose to take. The funded post has proved to be a fundamental improvement to the Service offered to victims of domestic abuse involved within the Criminal Justice Process.
In one year the court IDVA received 148 referrals relating to victims of domestic abuse within the SDVC. Out of those referrals, 81 victims were successfully contacted and supported through the various stages of the court process.
Between April 2014 and March 2015, 3626 young people attended our healthy relationship workshops, 248 teaching professionals were trained on domestic violence and 248 victims accessed support with nearly all reporting an increase of safety and wellbeing as a result.