Rape and Sexual Assault

Independent Sexual Violence Advisory (ISVA) Service

Delivered by 

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Background

During our consultation and engagement stage of the commissioning process the need for additional support for victims of rape and sexual assault arose and in particular making available support for male victims of these types of crimes.

After significant consultation a specification was developed for an Independent Sexual Violence Advisory (ISVA) service to support male and female victims across Thames Valley.

The service went out to tender in November 2014 and the three year contract was awarded to Refuge who begun delivering the ISVA service in April 2015.

 

Who does the ISVA service support?

The service supports any resident of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire (male or female) aged 16 and over who has been a victim of any form of sexual abuse, including sexual exploitation and stalking involving a perceived sexual motive.

The support is free and available regardless of where the crime happened or whether the offence was reported to the police. 

 

What support does the ISVA service provide?

The ISVA service work with victims of recent or historic sexual crimes to provide impartial and tailored advice and advocacy via telephone or face to face. The service can offer a victim the chance to:

  • Talk to someone who understands what they are going through
  • Access support to contact the police and legal advice
  • Receive support through the criminal justice system
  • Move away from the local area
  • Go to a sexual health clinic for practical advice around pregnancy or sexual transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Access refuge accommodation
  • Develop a safety plan
  • Receive help with financial situations
  • Find out about other support networks in the local area

 

Contact Refuge

If you would like to find out more information, refer yourself into the service or refer someone else you can do so by:

Tel: 0800 221 8186

Email: isvathamesvalley@refuge.org.uk 

Web: http://www.refuge.org.uk/thames-valley

 

Further Information

Contract for the Provision of a Independent Sexual Violence Advisory (ISVA) Service Decision Paper

Contract Management Strategy 

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