Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Service

Working in partnership with SAFEPlace Merseyside and SAFEPlace Cheshire (Sexual Assault Referall Centres)

  • Information about the criminal justice system
  • Support and advocacy through the criminal justice system
  • Information and advice about health needs and options
  • Support to attend related appointments
  • Emotional support
  • Highlighting need and referring onto other, more appropriate, agencies
  • Liaising with other agencies involved e.g. Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA)

In partnership with local authorities and Primary Care Trusts we have an ISVA service in the following areas:

  • Cheshire East
  • Cheshire West & City of Chester
  • Halton
  • Knowsley
  • St. Helens
  • Wirral
  • Warrington

Our specialist worker will aim to meet you for an initial meeting as soon as possible – this is very informal and gives them the chance to identify your support needs and agree on a care plan for you.  This can include making appointments for sexual health checks, making referrals to mental health services and local counselling organisations, assisting with the arrangement of child care and returning to work or college and advice with housing options.

If you have reported, or are considering reporting, your rape to the police we can accompany you to the police station and support you throughout the criminal justice process by giving you advice and guidance on your rights and how your case is progressing.  We will support you through your witness statement and stay in touch with the police and Crown Prosecution Service on your behalf, keeping you informed throughout.  We will also aim to support you through the court process for instance by arranging a visit to court before the trial and/or helping you to access special measures, which protect you from being seen by your perpetrator in court.