ISVA Service

Savana houses 3 Independent Sexual Violence Advisor’s (ISVA’s) who are Independent of the police and any other agency.

WHAT DOES AN ISVA DO?

ISVA’s advise and support people who have been raped or sexually abused. This service provides practical and emotional support to clients.

ISVA’s work with you to identify your needs and advise on other services available providing advocacy where needed.

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ISVA Client Feedback
2019/20

How can an Isva help me?

Employment

ISVA'S can support with helping a client to move forward when they feel ready to look at employment. ISVA'S can also support if a client is having difficulties in the workplace and can work together with the management to ensure that client is receiving the best possible support to help them to move forward.​

Health

ISVA'S can support clients by attending appointments with them so that they do not feel alone. This can include, sexual health, mental health and GP. medical appointments.​

Benefits

ISVA'S can help clients to complete their benefit application, help to appeal if their benefits have been turned down and can attend benefit tribunals with clients. ISVA'S can also attend medical appointments with clients which is a requirement when applying for benefits.​

Education

ISVA'S can support with helping a client to move forward when they feel ready to look at further education.ISVAS can also support if a client is having difficulties with education or school and can work together with the school to ensure that client is receiving the best possible support to help them to move forward.​

Housing

ISVAS can support clients to complete housing applications. ISVA's can also liase with housing associations on the clients behalf and can attend any interviews with the client.​

Criminal Justice Support

ISVA'S can liase with other organisation's on a clients behalf and be a spokesperson for the client when needed. This could include liaising with the police, cps, courts, schools, employers, colleges, housing and many more.​

How to be referred to an ISVA

To Refer yourself into our ISVA service you can complete our online referral form using the button below.

Alternatively you if you’d prefer to talk to someone you can call our services team on 01782 433204 who can discuss services available to you and help with the referral process.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is always your decision whether to report. This support can be accessed regardless of whether you have reported your experience or not.

You can work with your ISVA to help you to decide if you wish to report to the police and they can give you information about the legal process and your rights.

If you have reported, ISVAs can help before, during and after the criminal justice process.

If you decide not to report your experience, you may need help identifying what support you may need. The ISVA will help you to access that support and you will have the opportunity to talk about your situation is a safe space.

The ISVAs have links to services across Staffordshire and will help you to access these services.
The service is confidential and your details will only be shared in the following circumstances:
– Where you give consent for the confidence to be broken
– Where the ISVA is compelled by a court of law
– Where the information indicates that there is a significant risk of significant harm to you or someone else, and telling someone would make a difference.