What is an ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Adviser)

What is an ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Adviser)

The role of the ISVA is to support people who have experienced sexual Violence.

It does not matter if the incident/s happened yesterday or years ago.

The support can be practical, such as liaising with other professionals like your GP or finding other services that can help, such as counselling or other talking therapies.

If you are going through the Criminal Justice System, your ISVA can support you throughout the process. They will talk with the Police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on your behalf for updates, which can help you to understand what is happening and what will happen next.

If the person who assaulted you is taken to court, your ISVA can support you through the process.  For example, they can arrange a visit to the court before the trial, so it does not feel so daunting when you attend on the day of the trial.  Giving evidence can be scary, but there are things that can be done to make this less so and your ISVA can arrange things like a screen in court, so you do not have to face the person who assaulted you. There are other people who can also help you through the court process and your ISVA can arrange this for you. Following the trial, regardless of the outcome, you will be able to continue to access the service.

If you are not currently going through the Criminal Justice System, your ISVA can offer 6 support sessions, which can be either face to face in one of our offices, over the telephone, by video call, or a mixture of all of these.  Your ISVA will help you to cope with your feelings and emotions with techniques such as mindfulness and journaling.  They will also help you to understand how the trauma of a sexual assault can impact you and perhaps those around you.

The ISVA service will:

  • tailor support to your individual needs,
  • provide accurate and impartial information,
  • provide emotional and practical support to meet your needs,
  • provide support before, during and after court,
  • act as a single point of contact,
  • work with you to ensure your safety and that of your dependants,
  • provide a professional service.
Get in touch via isva@idas.org.uk or ring our helpline on 03000 110 110.
“The support I have received has been wonderful, as was the counselling I received which was accessed through IDAS. Hannah has so much knowledge and information to share from where I could go for help and pregnancy following trauma”.