Idvas (Independent domestic violence advisors) and domestic abuse practitioners support victims, survivors and children to become safe, well and rebuild their lives. We champion their work and the need for all frontline professionals to be properly supported and funded.
Our 2019 Practitioner Survey found that there still aren't enough professionals to support all of the victims, survivors and children who need them. We're calling on the Government to invest in the full range of domestic abuse support services. The Government is currently proposing to give local authorities in England a duty to provide accommodation-based support as part of the Domestic Abuse Bill. We think this doesn't go far enough: the statutory duty should be extended to cover the full range of support for victims, survivors and children. We also want to support the work of domestic abuse practitioners across the rest of the UK.
Thank you to all the professionals and survivors who have shared your views with us in response to the MHCLG consultation. Your views have directly shaped our response to the consultation, which you can read here.
What you can do
If you agree that every victim, survivor and child deserves support that meets their needs, and want to join us in celebrating the amazing work of frontline domestic abuse professionals, here's how you can get involved:
Show your support on social media
- If you work with victims and survivors of domestic abuse in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, share this graphic to stand up and be counted
- If you aren't a domestic abuse professional but want to show your support for fully funded services in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, share this graphic
- Add our campaign frame to your Facebook profile pic: just click 'update' on your profile picture, click 'add frame' and search #Invest2EndAbuse