Our Inclusion IDVAs (Independent Domestic Violence Advisors) work within our service to ensure that high risk victims of domestic abuse, from under-represented communities, are provided with the best advocacy, advice and support possible.
Leoni Bryan, our Inclusion IDVA for Herefordshire & Worcestershire, tells us what a typical day can involve…
A day in the life on an Inclusion IDVA
As an inclusion IDVA my main aim is to raise awareness that anyone suffering domestic abuse can access our services. I spend time working with under-represented groups identifying what additional barriers someone may face when accessing support, then feed this back to our team to continue to adapt and promote inclusivity.
It is so important to me that we offer our services to anyone regardless of their sexuality, gender, religion, beliefs, race, age, disability or social demographic.
Alongside working with high risk victims of domestic abuse, I organise and hold domestic abuse drop in clinics with community groups, organisations, and charities. These drop in sessions allow individuals to come and speak to someone in a safe and familiar environment and open a door to our services.
My role is very diverse and I adapt to meet the needs of the individuals I am supporting. The risks for a victim of domestic abuse are fluid and ever-changing so it’s important to me that I can be flexible and offer advice in a way that is comfortable and safe for them. Sometimes this is over the phone, other times it is in person, sometimes it can be through email.
My days can be filled with highs and lows but I am continually inspired by the absolute courage, strength, and resilience I see on a daily basis. It is truly a privilege to be part of a survivor’s journey.
If you would like to speak to me about facilitating a drop in clinic within the West Mercia area or have any other questions please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information regarding our services and inclusion please visit https://www.westmerciawomensaid.org/help-support/equalities-inclusion/