Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) services

We will offer you support from an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser, someone trained to offer you ongoing practical help and support.

If you are thinking of reporting to the police, your ISVA will tell you about the process so you can make a decision. If you do report, your ISVA will support you through the whole process and link with all various agencies on your behalf to make sure you have all the relevant information about your case and ensure that your voice and opinion is heard throughout the investigation. If your case goes to court, your ISVA will be there to support you throughout the trial.

They will help by:

  • Working in partnership with a range of local public and voluntary services
  • Provide support throughout the investigation and prosecution process
  • Arrange pre-trial court visits and post-trial support as necessary
  • Provide advice and support across a wide range of issues, such as housing, health and education

Find your local SARC

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Teesside provides 24/7 support to anyone who has experienced rape and other sexual offences, whether this has happened recently or in the past.

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SARC Northumberland Tyne & Wear opened in September 1991 to provide a free, confidential counselling, support and advice service for women (aged 16 and over at the time of the assault) who have been subjected to an attack of a sexual nature.

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The Meadows Sexual Assault Referral Centre aims to provide a sensitive and comprehensive service to residents of County Durham and Darlington who have experienced rape or sexual assault.

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The staff are really helpful and lovely they could not have done more

Female, 35, Police Interview

Brilliant, could not of got through this tough time without all the help from staff. Thank you for everything

Male, 20, Support Session

They were lovely and made me feel comfortable. Out of hours staff were lovely as well. Talked to me and made me feel at ease and safe

Female, 18, Medical Examination, Police Interview

Excellent, very supportive, listened and gave good advice. A massive thank you to the staff for being so supportive with my daughter and myself at this traumatic time for her. You do an excellent job.

Female, 47, Medical Examination, Police Interview
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