Four years ago, following a request from the Home Secretary, SafeLives started carrying out an annual survey of domestic abuse professionals around the country. This year they’ve expanded the survey to include not only Idva but also Outreach services and specialists working with young people (which some services refer to as Young People’s Violence Advisors or Ypvas). SafeLives know that the best response is one which provides the right service at the right time, tailored to your specific situation, whether you’re 17 or 70. They felt the survey should reflect that.
The Survey is an important tool to build on our knowledge and understanding of what is happening to frontline provision across England and Wales. Last year, we found that we only had 67% of the number of Idvas needed to effectively support clients at high risk of serious harm or murder.
This is not good enough.
We want to continue to make the case for high quality practitioner provision and support. We also want to explain how the world is changing for both those experiencing abuse and the people who support them, and what needs to happen for government and others to keep pace with that change.
What do you need to do?
Please click on the link below and answer all the questions on behalf of your service(s). We will use the information you give us to inform policymakers, funders, statutory agencies and the public – but we won’t use the names of individuals or professionals. Typically we would expect the survey to be completed by the service manager or someone who knows about service capacity numbers.
The survey will be open from Monday 4th September to Friday 22nd September.
Click here to complete the SafeLives practitioner survey.