Hospitals introduce Independent Domestic Violence Advisors

Specialist advisors are being introduced at Shropshire’s acute hospitals to support victims of domestic violence. Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) will be based at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH).

The first of the advisors, Ali Gunn, took up her post at PRH this week. The RSH advisor will take up her post in the next few weeks. The advisors work for West Mercia Women’s Aid and their posts are being funded by the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.

Teresa Tanner, Domestic Abuse Lead for The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs PRH and RSH, said: “We ran a successful pilot with domestic violence advisors at our hospitals a few years ago and at the end of last year I was contacted to see if we could take this project forward.

“We are delighted that we have been able to make this happen and we look forward to working with Ali and her colleague at RSH to help victims of domestic violence.”

The two independent advisors will primarily work within the Emergency Departments and Maternity service at SaTH, which is where the majority of referrals come from.

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