At SurvivorsUK we have a team of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs). They are trained to provide emotional and practical support to survivors of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual assault who have reported to the police or are considering reporting to the police.
Our main role is to support around the criminal justice process, but we are independent from the police and we are not legal advisors.
Your ISVA will support you in a non-judgemental way to address your needs and will help you ensure that other organisations also provide you with the right kind of support.
Our 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 appointment with you if you wish.
• Help you to think about your safety and what can be done to improve your safety.
• Listen to your experiences and give you 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.
If you are looking for an ISVA service for girls or women in London, please contact the London Survivors Gateway.
I think I would like to speak to an ISVA. What should I do?
1 Contact Us
2 Initial chat
One of our ISVAs will get in touch with you by phone, text or email, however you prefer. We aim to do this within five working days of you first getting in touch.
3 What help is right for you
You can chat with your ISVA about what sort of help will be right for you. We can meet and chat with you regularly, in person, by phone or online, depending on how much support you feel you need.
ISVAs are here to help, but they aren’t counsellors.
Want counselling? Please see here.
Not sure if the ISVA service is right for you? Contact our ISVA team for an informal chat – 02035983898 or [email protected].