Name of Organisation: Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Service
Gloucestershire Rape and Serious Sexual Abuse Centre (GRASAC).
GRASAC’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) offers a free and confidential specialist service all age, all gender service to victims who have been raped or sexually assaulted at any time in their lives regardless of whether they have reported to the police. The ISVA service provides practical help and emotional support. Sometimes it can be difficult to talk to your family, friends or partner about what has happened to you or you may not have told anyone at all the ISVA Service provides a safe and confidential environment to talk.The ISVA service is about helping you to make informed choices, not about telling you what to do.
The ISVA Service can support you in a number of ways:
- To help you decide if you wish to report to the police and give you information about the legal process and your rights
- Liaise with the police and prosecution service on your behalf and advocate when needed.
- Support you from report through to court
- Identify what other support you may need and help you get other specialist support, e.g. counselling, mental health support, sexual health, substance and alcohol misuse
What to expect:
- The ISVA will contact you and arrange to meet with you if you wish
- You will not be expected to talk about what’s happened. The ISVA will be aware of this and will focus on supporting you through this difficult time.
Contract Length: 5 + 2 years
Victims we are able to offer support to:
GRASAC ISVA service provides emotional and practical support to all ages and genders of victims and survivors of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.
How to make a referral?:
You can ask for a referral to the service from the Police, NHS or any other agency. If you have experienced rape, sexual assault or abuse very recently, and wish to report the crime, contact the Police (dial 999 in an emergency or 101 if you are not in immediate danger) or Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0300 421 8400.They will listen to you, take evidence and guide you through the initial legal process. Physical evidence can be gathered within 7 days of the offence.
Or, you can self-refer by calling GRASAC on 01452 305 421
If you would like to self-refer/refer someone else for support from the ISVA service please see the details below.
Via email: ISVAreferral@glosrasac.org.uk (please note our email is not secure, we recommend sending referrals via egress)
Via post: – PO Box 16, Gloucester, GL4 0RU