Many specialist support agencies offer an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) service to victims/survivors of rape and sexual assault. The Independent Sexual Violence Adviser role was commissioned by Baroness Stern through the Home Office Violent Crime Unit in 2005.

An ISVA is trained to look after your needs, and to ensure that you receive care and understanding. They will help you understand how the criminal justice process works, and will explain things to you, such as what will happen if you report to the police, and the importance and process of forensic DNA retrieval.

An ISVA is there to provide you with information only so that you can make the right decision for you. By contacting them, you are not expected to report any offence to the police. 

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1. Victim Support NI Foyle

Area covered: Antrim & Newtownabbey, Causeway Coast & Glens, Derry City & Strabane, Fermanagh & Omagh, Mid & East Antrim and Mid-UlsterRead more

2. Victim Support NI Belfast

Area covered: Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon, Belfast City, Lisburn City & Castlereagh, Newry City, Mourne & Down, North Down & ArdsRead more

3. Ynys Saff SARC

Area covered: Cardiff and Vale of GlamorganRead more

4. Cyfannol Women's Aid - Horizon

Area covered: Gwent-wideRead more

5. New Pathways - Mid Wales Support Centre

Area covered: Mid WalesRead more

6. New Pathways - Bow Street SARC

Area covered: AberystwythRead more

7. New Pathways - Ty Coeden Bedw

Area covered: PowysRead more

8. New Pathways - Maple Tree Centre

Area covered: NewportRead more

9. New Pathways - Beech Tree Centre

Area covered: SwanseaRead more

10. New Pathways - Elm Tree House

Area covered: CarmarthenRead more

11. New Pathways - Laburnum House

Area covered: GwentRead more

12. New Pathways - Willow House

Area covered: Merthyr TydfilRead more

13. Support After Rape & Sexual Violence Leeds

Area covered: LeedsRead more

14. Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

Area covered: SheffieldRead more

16. Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Services

Area covered: BarnsleyRead more

17. Kirklees and Calerdale Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre

Area covered: Kirklees and CalderdaleRead more

18. Bradford Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Survivors Service

Area covered: Bradford districtRead more

19. Survivors Manchester ISVA

Area covered: ManchesterRead more

20. West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre

Area covered: Herefordshire and WorcestershireRead more

21. Crisis Point ISVA

Area covered: West MidlandsRead more

22. Black Country Women's Aid

Area covered: West MidlandsRead more

23. Coventry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre

Area covered: CoventryRead more

24. NIDAS

Area covered: NewcastleRead more

25. RSVP ISVA

Area covered: Birmingham and SolihullRead more

26. RoSA ISVA

Area covered: WarwickshireRead more

27. Safeline ISVA

Area covered: WarwickshireRead more

28. Victims First Northumbria

Area covered: Northumberland, North & South Tyneside, Sunderland and GatesheadRead more

29. Barnardo’s Sexual Exploitation Children’s Outreach Service

Area covered: Middlesbrough, Stockton on Tees, Hartlepool, Redcar and ClevelandRead more

30. Arch North East ISVA

Area covered: Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar & Cleveland and HartlepoolRead more

31. Survivors Network ISVA

Area covered: Brighton and HoveRead more

32. The Saturn Centre SARC

Area covered: SussexRead more

33. RCSAS

Area covered: Epsom & Ewell, Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead, Tandridge, Crawley, Horsham, Mid-Sussex, Adur & WorthingRead more

34. RASASC Guildford ISVA

Area covered: Surrey and surrounding boundariesRead more

35. The Ferns SARC

Area covered: SuffolkRead more

36. Pathway Project

Area covered: Burntwood, Lichfield, Tamworth and a part of Burton-upon-TrentRead more

37. Savana ISVA

Area covered: North StaffordshireRead more

38. Axis Counselling ISVA

Area covered: Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and the immediate surrounding areaRead more

39. Topaz Centre

Area covered: NottinghamshireRead more

40. The Harbour Centre

Area covered: NorfolkRead more

41. RASA Merseyside

Area covered: MerseysideRead more

42. Rape Crisis South London

Area covered: South LondonRead more

43. Respond ISVA

Area covered: LondonRead more

44. Women & Girls Network

Area covered: LondonRead more

45. Open Doors

Area covered: City, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and NewhamRead more

46. Survivors UK ISVA

Area covered: LondonRead more

47. The Blue Door

Area covered: North and North East Lincolnshire, Hull and East Riding of YorkshireRead more

48. Free-VA

Area covered: LeicesterRead more

49. SAFE Centre

Area covered: LancashireRead more

50. Renaissance

Area covered: Blackpool, Fylde and WyreRead more

51. East Kent Rape Crisis Centre ISVA

Area covered: Canterbury, Ashford, Ramsgate and Folkestone areasRead more

52. Family Matters ISVA

Area covered: Kent, West Mercia and SE LondonRead more

53. Hampton Trust

Area covered: Isle of WightRead more

54. Herts SARC

Area covered: HertfordshireRead more

55. Yellow Door ISVA

Area covered: Southampton and Western HampshireRead more

56. Aurora New Dawn

Area covered: South EastRead more

57. Basingstoke Rape and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre

Area covered: North Hampshire including Basingstoke, Silchester, Bramley, Sherbourne St. John, Oakley, Tadley, Alton, Hook, Fleet and FarnboroughRead more

58. Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

Area covered: GloucestershireRead more

59. St Mary's SARC

Area covered: Greater Manchester and CheshireRead more

60. South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre

Area covered: South East EssexRead more

61. STARS ISVA

Area covered: DorsetRead more

62. SV2 ISVA

Area covered: DerbyshireRead more

63. The Bridgeway SARC

Area covered: CumbriaRead more

64. Victim Support Cumbria

Area covered: CumbriaRead more

65. First Light ISVA

Area covered: Cornwall, Devon and WiltshireRead more

66. RASASC Cheshire & Merseyside ISVA

Area covered: Cheshire and MerseysideRead more

67. The Elms SARC

Area covered: CambridgeshireRead more

70. Solace SARC

Area covered: Thames ValleyRead more

71. The Emerald Centre SARC

Area covered: BedfordshireRead more