Officially accredited services for victims of sexual violence in Derbyshire
SV2 recently became officially accredited for its ISVA and
CHISVA services (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) to ensure all victims in
Derbyshire are receiving quality services.
Victims take a long time before disclosing abuse and usually
doesn’t become evident until they start experiencing other symptoms of the
abuse such as mental health problems, substance abuse and also physical health
problems. The role of an ISVA is to make sure that once a disclosure has been
made, victims are well supported to cope with things that may arise such as
police investigations, the court process and how it impacts their life.
The accreditation, provided by Lime Culture, looks into four main quality standards: Leadership and Governance; Access and Engagement; Service Delivery; and Outcomes and Evaluation. The process took around 6 months.
The Head of Advocacy at SV2, Liza Freeman, stated: ‘We
really want survivors in the county to have confidence in the service. Those
who refer into our services are extremely vulnerable and deserve to be
supported as best they can. All our ISVAs are either fully qualified or working
Find out more about the support an ISVA can offer here and complete or referral form.