Staying Put not only run a helpline but work within the Bradford community to ensure help for people experiencing domestic abuse is accessible. Part of this work includes having GP IDVAs in GP practices.

What is a GP IDVA?

An IDVA is an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate. Their main job is to support people experiencing domestic abuse who have referred to them by the GP practice- whether that’s helping them get to safety, helping them understand the risks they are facing, as well as keep their children and family safe. A GP IDVA is therefore an IDVA who works from a GP Practice.

Who sees a GP IDVA?

A GP IDVA’s focus is to help particularly vulnerable groups who face the most barriers when trying to get help for domestic abuse. GP IDVAs offer face to face appointments to patients at that practice. Any patient who tells their health practitioner they are experiencing domestic abuse will be offered an appointment, or if a health practitioner is concerned about a patient they can speak to the GP IDVA.

GP IDVAs also offer training and work with staff at GP practices to support them to identify domestic abuse, as well as supporting staff who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Can anyone ask to see a GP IDVA?

If the GP practice has a GP IDVA you can request an appointment to see the GP IDVA face to face.

If your GP practice does not have a GP IDVA you can ring 0808 2800 999 to access support from Staying Put. You can read more about what happens when you call our helpline here.

What if I am not deemed to be in the vulnerable group?

You will be offered a face to face appointment with a GP IDVA for an initial assessment and then referred to Staying Put for ongoing support.

What happens when I speak to a GP IDVA?

The GP IDVA service is completely confidential, unless there are safeguarding concerns, which the GP IDVA will discuss with you first. They will ask you questions to help them understand what is going on and how to help. Crucially, they will also ask how you want them to help. This is really important as they don’t want to push you to do anything you are not ready to do.

One of the ways the GP IDVA may support you is to access legal information about your situation and how you and your children can be kept safe. However, they will always obtain your consent first.

Working with partner agencies ensures that you get the best help and that you are not having to tell your story over and over again.

What happens after I’ve spoken to a GP IDVA?

That’s up to you. We put you at the centre of what we do. You can decide if what you want to do anything, or even that you don’t want to do anything. You can make another appointment if you want to speak to the GP IDVA in the future or for ongoing support. We are here whenever you are ready to access support or want to talk about your options and choices.

Any other information?

Whatever is discussed at your GP IDVA appointment is confidential (there are exceptions which the GP IDVA will discuss with you) and not all details are added are shared with the GP practice. The GP IDVA may refer you to Staying Put for further support.

The GP IDVA service is only at selected GP Practices.

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