There are several options surrounding justice following sexual assault, sexual abuse or rape. Whilst reporting to the police may be the most well-known option, this isn’t always favourable or possible. Take a look below for more information around the options available to victims/survivors of rape and sexual abuse or assault.

Criminal Justice

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) are trained to provide emotional and practical support to survivors of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual assault who have reported or are considering reporting to the police.

ISVAs can help you with a range of things depending on your needs and what kind of support you would like. They can:

► Provide you with information on the criminal justice process and what you can expect if you report to the police. They can also attend interviews and court with you if you wish.
► Give you information on health services and attend appointments with you if you wish.
► Listen to your experiences and offer emotional support.

Our ISVA service is open to men and boys over the age of 13, living in London and or if the abuse was committed in London. The abuse can have taken place either in childhood or adulthood. This is a free service.

Not sure if the ISVA service is right for you? Click on this link to find out more about the service or contact us for an informal chat – 02035983898 or [email protected]

Civil Claim

It is possible to bring about legal action for abuse against individual abusers, foster parents, employers, sports or youth clubs, religious or charitable organisations, social services and others.

SurvivorsUK run a Civil Law Clinic service in partnership with the law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp.

If you would like to book an appointment online to meet a specialist abuse lawyer at SurvivorsUK’s office, please click the following link.

SurvivorsUK has a connection with Bolt Burdon Kemp, but does not recommend their services over any other law firm. For information on other law firms visit ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers) website.

Criminal Injuries Compensation (CICA)

Criminal Injuries Compensation is a government funded scheme designed to compensate blameless victims of violent crime in Great Britain. This includes rape and sexual abuse.

You can apply for CICA yourself; a paid representative, such as solicitor, is not necessary. However, one of our ISVAs can support you with your application, should you wish.

Please have a read through this guide to criminal injuries compensation authority claims created by the law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp.

Restorative Justice

Restorative justice can be defined as bringing those harmed by crime or conflict and those responsible for the harm into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.

For survivors of historic sexual abuse, there isn’t always an offender to meet. In these cases, it may be considered whether an institution, who had a duty of care to the survivor, can engage in the restorative process.

The following link answers some of the common questions that survivors of sexual abuse may have about restorative justice: Restorative Justice and Sexual Harm

If you are interested in engaging with the restorative process, please contact our ISVA service on – 02035983898 or [email protected].

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