At CRASAC, we provide a specialist crisis and advocacy service through our team of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs).
The ISVA role was established at CRASAC in 2006 through funding from the Home Office and has been recognised as an essential role in order to improve responses to victims of sexual violence in the criminal justice system.
Our ISVAs offer independent, non-judgmental emotional and practical support and advocacy to anyone aged 11 and over (and to parents/carers of children of any age) who has experienced historical and/or recent sexual abuse, sexual assault, or rape.
Your ISVA will explain what reporting to the police would involve and what to expect from the criminal justice system, so you can make an informed decision about whether this is the best step for you. If you choose to report, they then provide independent support throughout any criminal investigations and court proceedings.
For example, they can help you understand and receive your legal rights, e.g. special measures in court such as giving evidence from behind a screen or via a video link.
Whether or not you choose to report, your ISVA can also provide you with advocacy support, for example with face to face meetings and telephone calls, and introducing you to other services and agencies that may be beneficial to you. An ISVA can help ensure that your individual views, opinions, wishes and needs are listened to and respected by the agencies you are involved with.
ISVAs are understanding and respectful of whatever choice you make regarding your experience. The ISVA service is:
- Respectful of choices
- Independent and professional
- Expert and specialised in issues concerning sexual violence
- Fully on the side of victims and survivors
- There to empower and enable those it supports
If you feel this service would help you through any sexual assault or rape you have experienced, please contact us today.