Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service

Support for 16+

We offer ISVA support to anyone over the age of 16 who has experienced rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse or exploitation in North Hampshire.

Support at court

We can provide practical, factual and emotional support before, during and after court

Attendance at meetings

We can accompany you to police stations, video statements and appointments

Act on your behalf

We can liaise with the police on your behalf, keeping you informed about the case

Addtional Support

We can refer you for specialist counselling

We are here for you

We will treat you with respect and always be honest.

An ISVA is a person who is trained and experienced to look after you following an experience of sexual violence, providing tailored support to individual needs. They provide practical and emotional support, impartial information and guidance to enable you to make informed decisions.

In particular, they offer information and advice regarding the criminal justice system. However, there is NEVER any pressure or obligation to report to the police. An ISVA is independent of any other agency and are there to help you decide what next steps are best for you.

We offer ISVA support to anyone over the age of 16 who has experienced rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse or exploitation in North Hampshire.

We can explain options and help clients make an informed decision as to whether they want to report to the police. If the client does not want to report our ISVA team will continue to support the client. If the client does decide to report they will support the client throughout the whole process.

You can report a sexual offence at any time after the event – there is no time limit. We offer support during this difficult time, accepting and understanding how you may be feeling. We give clear information about the police and court process and can work together to reduce anxiety through empathy and understanding.

If you have experienced sexual violence, you may be experiencing a range of emotions, you don’t have to do this alone, we are here to help and we will support you by explaining every step of the journey ahead.

You are welcome to refer yourself to access ISVA support at any time. You can do so by calling us on 01256 423859 or you can email isva@brasacc.org.uk