Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service is free and confidential. It provides practical and emotional support, information and guidance to anyone who lives, works or studies in Dorset and has experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their life. All our Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) have a recognised ISVA qualification, The Survivors Trust ISVA Practitioner Course or are working towards it under the supervision of the lead ISVA. If you would like to see any specific staff training certificates please email [email protected] with your request.

An ISVA is there to help the client make an informed decision when everything can feel confusing and out of control. We understand there can be a lot to deal with and our ISVA team is here to accompany, support and guide clients.

Our ISVAs are person centred and client led and will tailor support to individual needs, provide impartial information, ensure the safety of the survivor and any dependents, attend meetings and we can also help develop a support plan with the client to address risks and identify support that is needed.

Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisors 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, for example: during their witness statement, liaising with the police on their behalf, keeping the client informed about case progress and providing support before, during and after court.

Our ISVAs can also help clients make informed decisions about options and access support from other agencies, such as:

  • The Shores, Dorset's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
  • Social Services
  • Counselling
  • Mental Health Services
  • Sexual Health Services
  • Housing Providers
  • Benefits
  • Drugs and Alcohol Services
  • Probation
  • Or any other agencies the client is working with or may need to work with

To make a referral or to find out more information about our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service please either call 01202 308858 or email [email protected].

If you would like to provide feedback please feel free to fill in one of our  ISVA Feedback Forms here.

Click here to read a blog from one of our ISVAs about her role at STARS.