Support for People that swap or sell sex

Support for People that swap or sell sex

ISVAs offer support to anyone who has experienced sexual violence, regardless of the situation. If you are a person who swaps sex for items or sells sex, and have experienced sexual violence, you will be supported via an ISVA.

The ISVA recognises the additional difficulties that you may be experiencing. You may find it difficult reporting to the Police, or you may have drug or alcohol issues.  You may also be concerned about talking to someone or find it difficult to attend appointments.

An ISVA can provide emotional and practical support in the aftermath of sexual violence. Your information is held confidentiality; the only time that is shared is either with your permission, for example if you would like your ISVA to refer you to counselling. If you are at immediate risk of harm, the ISVA will contact other agencies, with or without your consent, but they will always tell you who they have contacted and what they have told them. ISVAs also provide telephone support if appointments are difficult and will meet you in a place that is convenient and safe for you.

How an ISVA can help:

  • Signpost or refer you to support services you may want, such as drug and alcohol services or counselling,
  • Accompany you to some appointments,
  • Make sure you know your options so that you can make an informed decision if you are unsure about reporting the assault; we can also look at alternatives such as reporting anonymously,
  • Support you through a Police process,
  • Support you through a court process; we can arrange a pre-trial visit, and will support you through and after the trial, regardless of the outcome,
  • Advocate with you and on your behalf with other agencies such as GP, Social Services, Police, CPS,
  • Liaise with sexual health services, for support with contraception and sexual health concerns,
  • Work with you to help you rebuild your confidence and self-esteem,
  • Help you with planning how to stay safe.
Get in touch via isva@idas.org.uk or ring our helpline on 03000 110 110.
“I just want to thank you. When I first came to you, I had nobody to talk to about the rape and you totally supported me through the whole process. You walked me all the way through everything and made sense of a horrible situation I was in and I don’t know how I would have managed alone. You literally saved my life.”