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Sexual Violence Services

Our sexual violence services offer support to women and men who have been victims of rape, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse

Our Services:

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor 

Cyfannol Women’s Aid’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) is a victim-focused advisor who works with women, men and children over the age of 13 who have been victims of rape, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse at anytime in their life.

This service is completely confidential, unless there is a significant risk to you or others and telling someone would make a difference.

How the ISVA can help

The support the ISVA provides will vary from case to case depending on your requirements.

She can:

  • Help you decide if you wish to report to the police
  • Give you information about the legal process and your rights
  • Support you in all stages of the legal process if you have made a report to the police
  • Support you when you give evidence in court
  • Assist you with contacting the police and prosecution service
  • Talk with you about your situation in a safe space
  • Listen to you, find out what your needs are and assist you to gain support from other agencies
  • Work with you if you do not wish to report to the police

In an emergency, always call the police on 999. If you want to report an abuse that has already happened, or a suspicion of abuse, call the police on 101.

How to refer to the ISVA

Referrals can be made through Cyfannol Women’s Aid, you can self-refer, or be referred by an agency.

Gwent Sexual Violence Counselling Service

This service has been set up to provide counselling to female and male adult survivors of sexual abuse who live in the Gwent area. Free confidential counselling is available to any adult living in the Gwent area who is currently experiencing or has in the past experienced sexual abuse.

Visit the Counselling page for further information.


Bigger Picture:

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has been set up to investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions in England and Wales have taken seriously their responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse, and make meaningful recommendations for change in the future. 

The Truth Project

The IICSA Truth Project gives victims and survivors of child sexual abuse who were failed by an institution the opportunity to share their experiences with a shared facilitator in a supportive environment. Those who speak out will not be judged. The Inquiry will use these experiences to help keep children safe in future. 

If you experienced sexual abuse as a child and were failed by an institution, you can put your experience on record with the Truth Project. To find out more, head to ​the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s website, call on  0800 917 1000, email share@iicsa.org.uk, or visit the Facebook page, @IICSATruthProject

 

Download the ISVA leaflet or contact us for further information.

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