Independent sexual violence adviser (ISVA)

A trained specialist who gives a service to victims who have experienced rape and/or sexual assault, irrespective of whether they have reported it to the police. The type of support varies depending on the needs of the individual and their circumstances.

The adviser provides impartial information to victims about all their options, including reporting to the police, and accessing specialist support such as pre-trial therapy and sexual violence counselling. They also provide information on other services that victims may need, in relation to health and social care, housing or benefits, for example.

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