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Independent Domestic Advocacy Service

This is a new role within the East Ayrshire Women’s Aid, which has been introduce specifically with the women who are deemed high risk from Domestic Abuse.

The main purpose of the Independent Domestic Abuse Advocates (IDAAs) is to address the safety of victims at high risk of harm from intimate partners, ex-partners or family members to secure their safety and the safety of their children.

Serving as a victim’s primary point of contact, IDAAs normally work with their clients from the point of crisis to assess the level of risk, discuss the range of suitable options and develop safety plans.

Their specific role is to take on the intensive high risk-led work at the beginning of the client’s journey. once that risk is managed to the point where the client is no longer high risk, the IDAA will refer them on to other domestic abuse services to meet their long-term safety and support needs.

They receive specialist  accredited training and hold a nationally recognised qualification. Studies have shown that when high risk clients engage with an IDDA there are clear and measurable improvements in safety, including a reduction in the escalation and severity of abuse and a reduction or even cessation in repeat incidents of abuse.

AIMS

  • To increase victim / survivor safety
  • To reduce domestic abuse and repeat victimisation
  • To improve confidence in the Criminal Justice System

How can we help?

With specialist knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse and its effects on individuals and their families, we listen to you, provide emotional support and:

  • Explore and explain your rights and options
  • Support you through the court and legal system and keep you updated on cour proceedings
  • Attend court and solicitor appointments with you
  • Be a single point of contact for agencies such as Housing, procurator Fiscal, or the Police and we can talk to them on your behalf
  • Help you stay in your own home if you want to and explore extra security measures
  • Help you stay in safe by developing a personal safety plan
  • Refer you to other agences who can provide additional support such as counselling, debt advice

We recognise that domestic abuse results from an abuse of power and our services aim to help you re-gain control over your life and decide what is best for you.

How can you access our service?

We receive referrals from agencies such as the Police and ASSIST who feel that you would benefit from our support, When we receive a referral our Independent Domestic Abuse Advocacy Worker will contact you to offer support. We can meet with you in private either at your home or anywhere else you feel safe.