Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA )

Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA ) offers a free and confidential specialist service providing  practical help and emotional support to anyone 18 years and over who has been raped or sexually assaulted at any time in their lives, regardless of whether or not they have chosen to report to the police.

If this has happened to you, you might be struggling to cope.  Maybe it feels like no-one understands what you have experienced & how you feel. Maybe you don't want to talk to someone about it, but you know that you need to.  We understand how difficult it is to talk about the abuse that you have suffered.

The ISVA  can work with you to explore what you need to help you move forward from the sexual assault and  will try and help you get the things you need to do that. The ISVA service is about helping you to make informed choices, not about telling you what to do.

What the ISVA can offer to you:

  • Provide emotional support
  • Help you develop your coping strategies and support network
  • Talking through your options if you have not reported your incident to the Police
  • Help you get other specialist support, e.g. counselling, mental health, sexual health, substance and alcohol misuse
  • Help you communicate with the Police
  • Provide information and support with the Criminal Justice System (CJS)
  • Support you through the court process
Just wanted to say thanks for calling round and for working with me... I feel like I can get through it more now than I did before. It’s nice to know someone’s there for me, if and when it goes to court.

-Text message from ISVA client

How to access the service

You can ask for a referral to this service  from the Police, NHS or any other agency.

Alternatively you can self refer by calling the  Helpline on 0808 802 0013 or by using a secure form at: https://isva-referral.drasacs.org.uk