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SV2 provides an ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) or CHISVA (Children’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) service for anyone who has been the victim of rape, sexual assault or abuse. There is a vast range of support that an ISVA/CHISVA can offer, but their main role is to provide emotional support and guidance for anyone reporting current or historic sexual offences through the Criminal Justice System. We are independent from the police and other agencies.
We work with all genders of all ages. We have CHISVAs for under 18s and ISVAs for those 18 and over.
You can either self-refer to the ISVA service, or you will be referred by police.
What happens after I’ve made a referral?
Our Single Point of Access Officer (SPOA) will contact you by phone to book an Initial Options Assessment (IOA) with you. This appointment is to assess your current needs and to ensure that you get the right service at the right time. This appointment will last up to half hour.
An ISVA will then get in touch with you in whatever way you prefer to be contacted. They will discuss with you in more detail as to what they do and what they can offer.
If you decide you would like the service, you will typically meet every four weeks. This can either be at our offices in Alfreton or Derby, or your ISVA will book a room if you cannot get to either of these venues. It will normally be a local children’s centre or GP surgery etc. For children using the service the CHISVA can meet them in school.
What if I haven’t reported to the police?
You do not have to report to the police to receive support from an ISVA. You can complete a referral form yourself without having to disclose anything to anyone else. You can meet with an ISVA to discuss options and decide what you want to do in your own time. The core role of an ISVA is to make sure you have the best possible practical advice, according to your own personal circumstances.
How can they help me?
While there is a range of support an ISVA can offer, they are typically there to:
emotional and practical support to meet the needs of the client
Act as a single
point of contact; for example, contacting the police for updates on the case
and impartial information
before, during and after court
safety of the victim and their dependents.
“I feel protected and supported. These appointments are so important to me, they are like gold in my diary”