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  • Independent Domestic Violence Advice Service
    Free support and advice for women and girls, empowering victims /survivors by taking positive action

Our aims...

  • Bolton adopts a multi-agency approach to tackling domestic violence and recognises the importance of a co-ordinated community response, including the provision of dedicated advice and assistance from an INDEPENDENT source.

    The IDVA service is run by local charity Endeavour and provides an independent specialised confidential FREE service for HIGH RISK victims /survivors of domestic violence.

    There is a need for bespoke support and care for all the family to complement other specialist services and to maximise take-up of these services.

    Language does not have to be a barrier. All victims of domestic violence can make their voices heard by speaking to us through language line.
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Your referral to MARAC...

How do I become subject to a MARAC?

Recently you may have completed a risk assessment with an agency who is working with you e.g. your Health Visitor. As a result of that assessment you have been identified as being at HIGH RISK of experiencing ongoing domestic violence and a MARAC referral will have been made. A MARAC referral simply means that the information gathered during the risk assessment is sent to the MARAC co-ordinator and the IDVA service.

What next?

Within 48 hours of receiving the referral, the Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) will contact you regarding the service and arrange to visit you. The police may also contact you at this time.

What happens at MARAC?

At the next MARAC meeting actions are agreed that are designed specially to reduce the risk to you and your family. They must be completed, where possible, before the next monthly meeting. Your advocate will contact you to discuss these actions.

Adult Services
Children’s Services
Bolton at Home
Health Services
IDVA Services
Local Education Authority
Police
Probation
Victim Support
Women’s Support Services

  • Safe Haven has helped me and my family through a very hard and emotional time and for that I will always be grateful. Our lives are now worth living again and in the process I have made some very good friends.

    Quotes from families who have used Safe Haven
  • I was a victim of domestic violence for 7 years, as were my children. We have always had pets they were and still are a part of our family.

    Quotes from families who have used Pet Service
  • The advice and support has helped me to see that the situation I was in is not the right was to be treated by anyone, with help I have been able to escape and start getting my health and life to how it should be and know the difference between a right and wrong relationship.

    Quotes from People who have used the IDVA Service
  • In the short time I have been coming to group, I have achieved so much and I feel that I have had a weight lifted’. ‘It has really made a difference to our lives.

    Quotes from families who have used Safe Haven
  • It was an enormous relief to discover this service existed – as the pets are dearly loved and an extension of our family.

    Quotes from families who have used Pet Service
  • It has helped as I know if I ever need advice I can just ring up my worker and she will do her best for me and my daughter.

    Quotes from People who have used the IDVA Service
  • Group work has helped me and my son communicate - we can now talk instead of shouting at one another all the time. He is now a happy and settled young man, who feels more secure in himself and expresses confidence around others.

    Quotes from families who have used Safe Haven
  • In my case, staying at home and suffering beatings on a daily basis became more acceptable to me than leaving with the children without their pets.

    Quotes from families who have used Pet Service
  • My IDVA helped me go through courts and the MARAC- she has helped me become a stronger person and move on with my life. I want to let everyone know there is help out there and life can get better.

    Quotes from People who have used the IDVA Service
  • It’s lovely to know that the children can have their pets back and it makes it easier for them to cope with not having a home.

    Quotes from families who have used Pet Service
  • I was very pleased with the service I received from the IDVA service, my worker was very friendly and professional” I feel less worried and much more confident with what is going to happen in my future.

    Quotes from People who have used the IDVA Service

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