ISVA -“ Independent Sexual Violence Advisor

Address: c/o Cumbria Constabulary Brunel Way Durranhill Carlisle
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If you are a victim of sexual violence, you don't have to suffer in silence.  Victim support can help.

What are ISVAs?
Independent sexual violence advisors (ISVAs) give practical and emotional support to people who have been raped or sexually assaulted at any time in their life.
ISVAs are specially trained to respond sensitively to the needs of people who have experienced sexual violence, and will support you at your pace.
Rather than tell you what to do, your ISVA will guide you on the path forward. They can give you information to help explore what support and other options you have. They can help you make informed choices.
The ISVA is your advocate and will work with you to work out what kind of support (if any) you need. They will only give you the support you choose and will work with you for as long as you want.
The ISVA service is free.

What your ISVA can do.
The ISVA can give face-to-face, telephone, text or email support. This includes:
• information and advice to help you think through your options whether you tell the police or not.
• assessing your needs.
• working with other agencies to make sure that you are safe.
• helping you get external counselling or mental health services if necessary.
• supporting you with sexual health issues and GUM (genitourinary medicine) clinic appointments.
• supporting you with housing concerns.
• giving information about other specialist services such as drug and alcohol agencies.
• making referrals to these agencies with your consent.
• support you at appointments such as with your GP, GUM clinic, police interviews or housing offices.


Reporting to the police.
If you do inform the police your ISVA will:
• keep you up-to-date with your case.
• explain legal jargon and processes.
• offer you a pre-court visit.
• explain ways in which the trial could be made easier for you.
• attend court with you.
• support you whatever the outcome.

After the trial your ISVA can guide you in applying for criminal injuries compensation.

For more information contact:

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) 01228 558312

Victim Care Unit (VCU) 030 0303 1979

Cumbria Police 0845 3300 247

Who to Contact
Name
Susanna Phillips
Telephone
01228 558312
Email
susanna.phillips@victimsupport.org.uk
Website
http://www.victimsupport.org.uk
Where to Go
Name of venue
Victim Support
Venue address
c/o Cumbria Constabulary Brunel Way Durranhill Carlisle
Postcode
CA1 3NQ
Other Details
Age Range
16 years plus

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