Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy (ISVA)

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)