Court IDVA service
Court Independent Domestic Violence Adviser (IDVA) service
We are excited to announce the launch of the new court IDVA service in Oxfordshire, for those in need of support at Criminal or Civil Court.
Who do they work with?
The Court IDVA service supports victims of domestic abuse who are going through the Criminal Justice System and/or applying for civil orders such as non-molestation/occupation orders to protect themselves and their families. We also support victims who may want help at court in relation to family court proceedings such as child contact.
Referrals can be made directly by those experiencing domestic abuse through a self-referral, or through professionals who can refer a victim to the Court IDVA. All referrals are taken through this form.
What does the service provide?
We will explain the Criminal and Civil Justice System to give you an understanding at every stage of the proceedings. We can explain the processes involved and help you understand the legal terminology. We can provide information around issues such as bail conditions and charging decisions.
The court IDVA provides support for you in respect of future legal proceedings. We can:
- Explain what special measures are available, and apply for them on your behalf
- Link you in with other specialist court services such as the Police Witness Care Unit
- Arrange safe entry into the court building and a separate waiting room for you
- Arrange pre-trial visits so you can look around the court and get more confidence about the space that you are going to be in
- Provide guidance around and support you in applying for civil court orders such as non-molestation/occupation orders or child contact issues
- Attend court hearings with you
- Be there at court with you for the trial
- Provide emotional support on the phone and face to face
- Support you with writing your victim impact statement
- Provide you with information about court outcomes
- Refer you to other relevant services, including mental health support, drug and alcohol, counselling and other services
What can I expect if I am referred into the Court IDVA service?
- A phone call from a specialist trained Court IDVA to talk to you about your experience and your support needs.
- Confidential and non-judgemental support where you are listened to and believed, and where your feelings and experiences are discussed and heard so that the Court IDVA can provide the best possible personal service to you.
- Ongoing conversations for the Court IDVA to explain the court process and the multiple options that are available to you.
- After you have made your decision, the Court IDVA will ensure that all measures that you requested are put in place before going to court and keep in contact with you before attending court, on the day of, and after court.
- A greater understanding of domestic abuse and the various interventions that can be utilised and engaged with in the future.
If you have any questions, please do get in touch:
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