Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)
Your ISVA is a friendly face who will support you through the whole process, from your initial complaint all the way through to the trail and beyond. This process can be lengthy and difficult, and your ISVA is here to make it a little easier through support, advocacy and information. If you are aged between 13 and 18 years of age the Young Persons ISVA can provide support to you – please see the menu on the left for further information.
The benefits of an ISVA
The ISVA is a trained specialist offering practical and emotional support to anyone who has reported rape or sexual abuse to the Police, or is considering it.
Your ISVA can:
Give you advice and support to help you think through you options
Provide face to face or telephone support at crucial times throughout the process
Support you through statement taking with the police
Keep you up to date with your case
Attend court with you
Explain some of the legal jargon and processes
Support you whatever the outcome of your report to the Police
Give advice on criminal and civil remedies available to you
Work with you to make sure you are safe
Provide warm introductions to other specialist service you may need
Help with accessing counselling
The New Swindon Sanctuary SARC aim to help the recovery of any male or female, of any age, who has experienced rape or sexual abuse at any point in their life.
We don’t give you advise or tell you what to do. We will give you information and help you explore the feelings you have. Choice always remains with you.
We can provide details about other services and agencies available.
At The New Swindon Sanctuary SARC we understand the difficulties you may face in coming to terms with the effect of rape and sexual abuse, and the criminal justice process.
You may be feeling:
numb angry sad shock terrified confused denial different
worried uncertain anxious let down depressed
You may be experiencing:
nightmares flashbacks memory loss mood swings
sleeplessness panic attacks
We are here to help you find your own way forward. We can support you in learning to live with the after-effects of abuse.
Overall your ISVA is dedicated to supporting you after an experience of sexual violence. We are here for you, so please don’t suffer alone.
If you do give us your contact details or, provide identifiable information, we will usually keep your contact with us completely confidential. However, in certain circumstances we may have to share information with another agency (e.g. social services, police or the ambulance service) in order to protect you, or another person. This will apply if:-
- you are a child or young person under 18 who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or
- you provide information about a child or young person under 18 who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or,
- we feel you are a vulnerable adult who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or,
- you provide information about a person we feel may be a vulnerable adult who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm.
The person you speak to will be happy to discuss this in more detail. Whenever possible we will advise you before any breach of confidentiality is made.