Independent Domestic Violence Advocates

Who is this service for

The WAIS Independent Domestic Violence Advocates service (IDVAs) support high risk female survivors of domestic abuse who are aged 16 and over and who live in Nottingham city and south Nottinghamshire (Gedling, Broxtowe, Rushcliffe and Ashfield)


What we do

We support women going through the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs - more about this below) or whose partners are being prosecuted for offenses against them and are going through the court process. We support women before, during and after court.

Our IDVAs can attend pre-hearings, carry out safety planning and help women through the criminal justice system and investigate civil remedies. The IDVAs can also signpost to other agencies for further help or counselling.


Even after the relationship has ended, the abuse can continue and women may be in more danger. The IDVAs can offer support to ensure women are fully aware of their options.



Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

The MARACs are fortnightly meetings, chaired by the Police which bring together agencies, such as probation, police, health, children’s services, education and welfare, alcohol and drug agencies and WAIS. The aim of the MARAC is to prevent further harm to survivors of domestic violence and their children.


All MARAC cases are referred to the IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate) team at WAIS.


The IDVAs support is delivered in partnership with many agencies including the Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.


For more information 

  • For city enquiries call
  • For county enquiries


How to access this service

Call our Agency Helpline number on 0115 947 6490


To refer a case to MARAC

MARACs and DASH Risk Indicator Checklist






WAIS contact numbers:
Helpline: 0808 800 0340
Referrals: 0115 947 6490
Office: 0115 947 5257