Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs)
Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) provide emotional and practical support and information to victims and survivors of sexual violence who have reported to the police or are considering reporting to the police.
If you have reported to the police, our team of qualified ISVAs can support you throughout the criminal justice process, working closely with the police and other agencies. The role of our ISVAs is to:
- Ensure your voice is heard.
- Help you make the choices that feel right for you.
- Accompany you to important appointments and to court. You may need advocacy to help with housing, legal issues and finance.
- Support you with your next steps after the legal process is over, regardless of the outcome of the case.
If you are considering reporting to the police, our ISVAs can also help you, by:
- Providing you with impartial information to enable you to make an informed decision.
- Offering an overview of police processes and what to expect if you do decide to report.
Supporting you in your next steps
SERICC provides an ISVA service to adults, young people and children who have been victims of all forms of sexual violence and abuse across South and West Essex.
If you have reported or are considering reporting to the police and would like ISVA support, you can refer yourself to our ISVA service using our online self-referral form or you can telephone us on 01375 380609 and we will arrange for an ISVA to return your call as soon as they can. If you are calling out of office hours, or if we are unable to answer the phone, calls will go to answerphone, we would encourage you to leave a message. A poster for you to download is available here
GPs, social workers, mental health workers or other professionals can refer clients for services through our online referral form for professionals.
Online referral form for organisations
Online self-referral form
A series of films for young survivors explaining the police, court system and ISVA support available.