3 March 2023 PCC seeks provider for Independent Domestic Violence Advisor service Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore has just launched a procurement process for the county’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) service which safeguards victims of domestic abuse who are assessed as high-risk. Tim Passmore said “Ensuring victims have access to support is a key responsibility for Police and Crime Commissioners. I need to ensure victims of crime in the county have the support they need to keep them safe and help them through the criminal justice system.” “Since becoming PCC in 2012 I have seen just how huge an issue domestic abuse is in the county and how important it is to make sure the victims of this crime are properly supported. It is particularly important that this service is independent from the Constabulary, to ensure those who choose, for whatever reason, not to report their abuse to the police can still access the help they need. “ Suffolk’s IDVA service was first commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner in 2014 and again in 2018. This new contract will be for three years with the option to extend for 2 x 12 months, totalling a five-year contract term valued at £3.45m. Full detail of the tender, which closes on April 3 2023 is available on the Government’s ‘Find a Tender’ website.