SUPPORT FOR LGBTQ+
Below is a list of services that offer support to LGBTQ+ survivors, whether it happened recently or not
For more information on each organisation and the services they offer, please use the links provided for their individual websites.
WHAT IS A SARC?
A Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) provides services to victims of rape or sexual assault regardless of whether the victim reports the offence to the police or not.
SARCs are designed to be comfortable and multi-functional, providing a private space for interviews and examinations (some also offer counselling services). You can have a forensic medical examination, as well as tests for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy. Sexual Assault Referral Centres have specialist staff that are trained to provide medical help and advice and to support you in making informed decisions about what you want to do next.
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.
Sexual Violence Support Service
0207 704 2040
Our Sexual Violence Support Service is personal, friendly and actively inclusive of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, intersex, asexual, non-binary and genderqueer identified people aged 13+
What we offer:
Young people's support service
Listening & Well being service
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline
0800 999 5428
Monday to Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday to Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm
LGBT+ Hate Crime Helpline
Monday to Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
0118 321 9111
Monday to Wednesday: 10am - 7pm
Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Friday: 10am - 7pm
Our dedicated team provide specialist support and resources for LGBT+ people and those affected by LGBT+ related issues in the Thames Valley. Our team can assist with a broad range of concerns; ranging from employment, sexual health, coming out and counselling