WHAT IS AN ISVA?
Many specialist support agencies offer an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service to victims of rape and sexual assault.
An Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) is trained to look after your needs, and to ensure that you receive care and understanding. They will help you understand how the criminal justice process works, and will explain things to you, such as what will happen if you report to the police if you want to, and the importance of forensic DNA retrieval.
An ISVA is there to provide you with information only, and you are not expected to report any offence to the police unless you wish to do so.
Main Number: 0207 383 0700
Respond is a national charity providing therapy and specialist support services to people with learning disabilities, autism or both who have experienced abuse, violence or trauma.
We are committed to bringing about positive change for our clients and their families, enabling them to lead richer and more resilient lives.
We provide a range of trauma-informed services for children, young people, adults and professionals. These include psychotherapy, advocacy, campaigning and other support services which aim to prevent abuse and equip individuals and their families to come to terms with their experiences and live more positive lives.
We also provide specialist training, supervision, reflective practice and consultancy to equip agencies and providers in developing and delivering trauma-informed services.
INSTITUTIONAL ABUSE HELPLINE
0808 808 0700
Thursdays: 10.00am – 4.00pm
For anyone with a learning disability or people connected to them who have been affected by institutional abuse