Young Person’s Domestic Violence Advice Service

Responding to young victims/survivors who are at risk

How we can help you...

We can help with loads of issues like being angry, understanding your feelings and what is happening in your life.

We may be able to help you sort out problems at college or work. If you want us to, we can talk to college or work on your behalf.

We can help with a counsellor - someone to talk to and share your problems with.

We can help just by listening. You may find that talking to us can help

We know...

Some problems get worse if you ignore them

Feelings can be really powerful - there is no right or wrong way to feel.

What is happening to you can be hard to talk about - this may be making you angry or depressed.

What We Offer...

The Young Person’s Advice Service is a personal service designed to support victims/survivors whose cases are subject to the MARAC process (Multi- Agency Risk Assessment Conference).

If you have been identified as ‘being at risk’ by the MARAC process, you will be contacted by a Young Person’s Advisor.

If you accept their services you will first of all meet with the advisor on a one-toone basis to discuss your options.

As a result of this meeting there will normally be a safety and support plan made with you.

Actions undertaken by your advisor will normally involve contacting all the MARAC agencies for you. Your advisor will also act as your representative at the MARAC meetings, telling them your thoughts and informing you of any plans arising from the meeting.

Your advisor will be a single point of contact for you and ALL other agencies to improve your safety.

You will be helped with:

  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Safety planning
  • Initial crisis support - including information on your options
  • Referral to other local agencies
  • Assistance with other services eg. forced marriage
  • Support throughout the Criminal Justice Process

Your referral to MARAC...

How do I become subject to a MARAC?
Recently you may have completed a risk assessment with an agency who is working with you e.g. your Health Visitor. As a result of that assessment you have been identified as being at HIGH RISK of experiencing ongoing domestic violence and a MARAC referral will have been made. A MARAC referral simply means that the information gathered during the risk assessment is sent to the MARAC co-ordinator and the IDVA service.

What next?

Within 48 hours of receiving the referral, the Young Persons Advisor (YPA) will contact you regarding the service and arrange to visit you, at a convenient place for you.

What happens at MARAC?

At the next MARAC meeting actions are agreed that are designed specially to reduce the risk to you and your family. They must be completed, where possible, before the next monthly meeting. Your advocate will contact you to discuss these actions.

MARAC meets once a month - the following agencies attend:

Adult Services
Children’s Services
Housing Providers
Health Services
IDVA Services
Local Education Authority
Victim Support
Women’s Support Services


Quotes from families who have used the
Pet Service, IDVA Service and Safe Haven Project