Independent Sexual Violence Advisor

HDR-ISVAThe Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service at Survivors Manchester offers confidential support, information, practical and emotional support for boys and men affected by sexual violence, experienced in the past or present, that are considering reporting to the police.

The ISVA provides, and can assist with, the following:

  • A full assessment to identify your needs and the development of a tailored support plan.
  • Practical and emotional support.
  • Regular face-to-face and telephone contact.
  • Information and support to report to the police, should you wish to do so.
  • Support to attend any relevant appointments.
  • Liaise between the police and Crown Prosecution Service on your behalf.
  • Refer and signpost to relevant services.
  • Support to attend court proceedings.
  • Assistance to apply for Criminal Injuries Compensation.
  • Provide information and support around complaints procedures.

The criminal justice process can often leave individuals feeling like they are not in control and so to ensure that we do as much as possible to help you feel like you have options. One way that we are doing this is by working closely with our colleagues at St. Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre to be able to offer you a choice of male or female ISVA. All ISVA’s have undertaken accredited training and are formally recognised by Greater Manchester Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

ISVA Information Sheet

People say that it can feel like there is a whole load of information to take on board all at once when going through the criminal justice system and so we don’t add to that sense of being overwhelmed, we have produced an information sheet that each person using the ISVA service will get. If you want a copy then download by pressing the link below.
ISVA Information Sheet

Referral to ISVA

If you want to make a referral to the ISVA service, please telephone 0161 236 2182 and speak to Trevor.

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