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For many years we have been able to offer victims of sexual violence support and advice. We provide the Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service across the county and run a helpline which is available 7 days a week. Our services are independent from all statutory agencies, including the Police and criminal justice agencies.

The ISVA provides support to anyone whose case is going through the criminal justice system. They can help victims through the court process and explain what is likely to happen when a report is made to the police. The ISVA can also provide support to victims who do not wish to make a report. In these circumstances she can advise on sexual health concerns, provide emotional support and refer on to other services such as counsellors.

The ISVA can support anyone who has been the victim of sexual violence – whether this happened 2 days ago or 30 years ago. She also has excellent links with the SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) and can explain their role in helping victims.

To make contact with an ISVA you can get in touch via isva@idas.org.uk or ring our helpline on 03000 110 110. When we receive a referral made by a professional on your behalf an ISVA will contact you within 72 working hours.

“ I think the ISVA service was fantastic, brilliant, amazing. Not a bad thing to say about it. She was a God send when it came to court, courts are scary places. Whenever I needed her she was there at the right time. I’m glad it’s all over – I can move on” (Craven ISVA)

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