Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) work with people who have experienced sexual violence, to help and support them in improving their situation, to help them feel in control and make decisions that are right for them. The ISVA service is available to survivors of any form of sexual violence, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, whether they wish to report to the police or not.
Our ISVAs listen to survivors and respond to their needs, assisting them to gain support from other agencies as appropriate.
The Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) will give you information about the legal process and your rights, so you can make informed choices. If you decide to make a report to the police, you will be supported in all stages of the legal process. Our ISVA service is available whether you choose to report or not.
Our ISVA 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
Assist you with contacting the police and prosecution service
Support you when you give evidence in court
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
Contact our Horizon Support Services for help, support and advice