Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy (ISVA)

ISVAs offer practical support and can help you when dealing the police, sexual health services and other professionals

How we can help

RSVP have advocates (ISVAs) who are specialists in working with young people who have been subjected to sexual abuse. They will give you both practical and emotional support. They will put you in touch with whoever and whatever you need, like arranging counselling or coming to appointments with you. Your ISVA stays the same person the whole time, so they can build a strong relationship with you. They will listen to you and work out how to support you best. They can also help the family and friends who are supporting you.

Our ISVAs make sure your voice is heard; they will help you understand what people are saying to you and help you say what you want to say. They will make sure your needs are met and that you are listened to.

Some of the things an ISVA will do:

– Ensuring your individual views, wishes and needs are understood, respected and listened to by all the agencies supporting you.

– Answering any question, worry or concern you might have which relates to the sexual abuse you’ve experienced.

– Giving you information and support around the criminal justice system e.g. what happens when you report to the police

– Offering emotional and practical help to ensure you understand and receive your legal rights and entitlements, e.g. special measures in court where you give evidence from behind a screen or via a video link.

– Offering compassionate support to the people who are supporting you, your partner, family and friends, so that they can better support you.

– Talking to school or college for you

– Arranging appointments, referring you, or possibly going with you, to other support services, such as sexual health services, domestic abuse support, and other health appointments.

– Informing you of other options you might have such as Civil Action, Criminal Injuries Compensation and anonymous reporting.

Contact us

0121 643 0301 (option 2)

Counselling

Our trained counsellors listen with empathy and sensitivity. They don’t judge; their aim is to explore feelings and to support you in the decisions you make.

How we can help

Counselling is a safe place where you can talk to people that believe you and care about your feelings. Counselling is one way of talking about how the abuse has affected you, with someone who will listen and give you space to explore the things that are bothering you. Our trained counsellors listen with empathy and sensitivity. They don’t judge; their aim is to explore feelings and to support you in the decisions you make.

If you find it hard to talk, you can use art materials, games or write stories to express yourself.

Contact us

0121 643 0301 (option 2)

Helpline

Our helpline number is 0121 643 4136

How we can help

Our trained helpline volunteers are there to listen and support you, and those around you. They won’t judge you or give you advice; their aim is to help you with any decision you want to make.

We offer emotional support and information in the following areas:

– Dealing with the effects of sexual violence and abuse
– Referral to and information about our other services such as social groups, advocacy, counselling, and more
– Services offered by other agencies

We know it can be hard to take that first step and call; we respect this. How much you choose to discuss of your own experiences is entirely your own decision.

Contact us

0121 643 4136

Self-help support

Support you can use at home, in your own time

How we can help

RSVP have lots of written self-help advice on dealing with the effects of sexual abuse, click here to read.

 

Contact us

0121 643 0301 (option 2)