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Safety in Numbers

The last five years have witnessed important changes in the way that the many victims of domestic abuse in the
United Kingdom are supported to live in safety. In particular, attention has focused on keeping victims safe in
their homes rather than being obliged to move to temporary accommodation. A key part of this process has been the introduction of Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs). Working intensively with high risk victims suffering ongoing abuse, IDVAs also systematically mobilise and target the resources of up to 15 agencies on their behalf. This document highlights the key findings and recommendations from the first large scale, multi-site evaluation of these services. As Lord Laming writes in his foreword “Safety in Numbersi sets out clearly the scale and range of issues to be tackled and ways to make the greatest impact for good. The report creates a solid foundation on which to shape and build future services....This research demonstrates all too clearly that these problems now need to to be addressed with greater urgency. That being so, I hope this report will be widely used in tackling more successfully the blight of domestic violence.”

 
 

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