Decision details

Procurement Strategy for Specialist Co-located Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) Service

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion and Community Safety

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report details proposals to bring together existing contracts to procure a specialist co-located Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) service to support women experiencing domestic abuse. This is a joint commissioning proposal to bring together and improve the way in which we deliver co-located IDVA services in Hammersmith & Fulham.


To approve the procurement strategy to recommission one integrated specialist co-located Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) service, for a contract period of between two and four years, from 1 April 2024.  


Reasons for the decision:

To meet the council’s commitments to ending violence against women and girls and make H&F a safe borough for residents.


To comply with recommendations and duties outlined above in respect of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 and the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.


Alternative options considered:

1.         Option 1 – Let provision for the co-located IDVA services end in March 2024.

2.         Option 2 – Let the current services continue under current arrangements and recommission separately as standalone contracts.

3.         Option 3 – To combine the current IDVA provision across Community Safety and Housing and Children’s Services into a single contract, offering the contract via a competitive tenderunder an open process to deliver services for a maximum period of four years. This is the recommended option.


Publication date: 24/08/2023

Date of decision: 22/08/2023

Effective from: 31/08/2023

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