SV2 is a charity commissioned by NHS England, Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire County Council to provide the County’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) service. This service includes forensic medical examination, crisis worker support, Advice Line and support from Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs). We work in partnership with the police but independently in order to advocate for anyone who accesses our services.
SV2 also provides Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner’s emotional and practical support service for victims of other sexual offences such as indecent exposure, revenge porn, sexting, etc.
SV2's therapy services are split into age groups. Children's Art Therapy is available for 0-13 year olds and our therapist is funded by Children in Need. Therapy for 14-17 year olds is funded by local Clinical Commissioning Groups. SV2's adult therapy is being funded by the Big Lottery from 1st October 2017, but there is currently a closed waiting list for this service. We hope that we will be able to accept new referrals from early 2018.
SV2s work is overseen by a Board of Trustees which has responsibility for the ensuring that the Charity delivers its aims of: reducing the impact of rape and sexual abuse on victims (male and female) and their families; encouraging reporting of rape and sexual abuse; supporting victims through the legal process and; reducing the incidence of rape and sexual abuse by raising awareness.
Our Chief Executive, Sally Goodwin, was appointed in August 2016. She was previously an Assistant Director at Derbyshire County Council with responsibility for Community Safety and Emergency Planning and she brings a wealth of strategic partnership and business experience. Prior to this she was the Business Manager for Derbyshire’s Criminal Justice Board. Both previous roles brought Sally into contact with sexual violence and responsibility for the commissioning of support services for victims of sexual violence.
Liza Freeman is SV2's Head of Advocacy & Support. Liza is responsible for the day to day management of the SARC service, ISVAs and the PCC's support service. Liza has a wealth of experience around rape and sexual assault. She joined SV2 in 2017, but has previously worked in similar services in other areas for the last 14 years.
Eileen Bednall is SV2s Head of Therapy. Eileen has responsibility for all therapy/counselling services; 0-13 years and their families, young people 14-17 years and for adults. Eileen also has a wealth of experience around rape and sexual assault and has worked for SV2 for 12 years. She has previously been a crisis worker, young persons ISVA and a volunteer counsellor.
SV2 is supported by an award winning team who deliver excellent support to our clients and work professionally with other partners. The team won the Most Inspirational Team Award at the 2017 Derby & Derbyshire Inspirational Women Awards.