An ISVA is short for Independent Sexual Violence Advisor and they can offer help in many forms. They could keep you up to date with your investigation, inform you about the reporting and court process, provide you with practical coping strategies or even help you resolve other difficulties in your life such as housing or finance.
Whether you have decided to use the support of an ISVA or you are still unsure, here is a list of what you can expect.
Your ISVA will make a full assessment of your needs along with any risks you may be facing. They work with you to develop a care plan.
They will explain the criminal justice process and support you in making contact with others involved, such as the police and Crown Prosecution Service, should you choose to disclose to them.
An ISVA can help you access any medical or healthcare services you may need.
They can help you make contact with other organisations that could provide support, for example housing, education or counselling.
Your ISVA can continue to support you after reporting, giving ongoing advice and information about the criminal justice process.
If the case goes to court your ISVA can attend court with you on the day of the trial, as well as organise a pre-trial court visit.
During the investigation they can contact the police on your behalf to obtain updates.
After the trial, your ISVA can refer you on to other support such as counselling.
Still not sure? You can get further information by downloading our leaflet, or you can send us an email with your questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.