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Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs)

Our ISVAs are trained specialists who provide practical and emotional support and advice to adults who have been affected by rape and sexual abuse.

Our ISVA service is independent of any statutory authority and is provided free of cost.

Our ISVA will be non-judgemental and friendly and will not ask for any intimate details.

What our ISVAs can do for you:

  • Provide information and advice to help you decide what you want.
  • Provide a confidential and professional service.
  • Support you irrespective of whether you choose to report to the police or not.
  • Ensure that you receive care, understanding and emotional support.
  • Attend court and police interviews with you.
  • Attend medical appointments with you for support, e.g. with your GP, sexual health clinic or family planning clinic.
  • Attend meetings with you and ANY agency for support, for example, with the council, employers, CAB or Mental Health Teams.
  • Advise about services you are entitled to and help you access them.
  • Liaise and refer you to other agencies, e.g. support with drugs, alcohol issues.
  • Accompany you to the police station to report the crime if you need someone to support you.
  • Explain about Criminal Injuries Compensation.
  • Listen to you, believe you and help you to deal with your problems at your own pace, one step at a time.

Through our empathetic, confidential and supportive service we aim to assist you in re-establishing and regaining control of your life, whether or not you choose to report to the police.

 

If you would like to access our ISVA service, please call our helpline on 0118 9584033 or complete our referral form and send it to: [email protected]

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