Meet the team

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)

The ISVA’s role is to work with you and to help you to access services to address both your short term and long-term needs. They will complete an initial assessment to identify these requirements.

ISVA’s can provide support and advice across a wide range of issues such as housing, health, and education. If the police are involved, the ISVA service can provide advice and support alongside the criminal justice system, including supporting you at court.

If required, an ISVA can refer you to different agencies or assist you in accessing the services of these agencies.

The ISVA service is non-therapeutic, which means the ISVA is not able to provide counselling or therapy, but they can advise you of the therapeutic support available in your area that may suit your needs.

The ISVA service is a free and confidential service.

An ISVA cannot discuss the evidential detail of what has happened to you, you can contact the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) confidential helpline on 0330 223 0099 to explore your options if you would like to talk about what has happened.