Advocacy

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) are trained sexual violence and criminal justice system specialists. Our main role is to provide information and support to victims and survivors who have reported to the police, or are yet to decide if they want to report.

We will not tell you what to do, we will support the decisions you make about what has happened to you, and we will not judge you.


What help is available?

Our support includes (but is not limited to): 

  • Providing information about the criminal justice process; 
  • Supporting you at any stage of the reporting process; 
  • Providing information about other reporting options (e.g. college, governing body, etc.); 
  • Contacting other agencies and advocate on your behalf (e.g. police, housing, doctor, school, etc.); 
  • Signposting or referring you to other types of support in your local area (e.g. counselling); 
  • Providing practical and emotional support in relation to the sexual violence you experienced.

We also work in partnership with Victims First Specialist Service, you can read more about them here.

 

Who is the service for? 

We support people of all genders and sexual orientations who have experienced sexual harassment, sexual abuse and/or rape, whether recently or in the past, as a child or as an adult.  

We operate five ISVA services: 

  • Our Community ISVA service is dedicated to supporting survivors across Oxfordshire. 
  • Our Specialist ISVA service is dedicated to supporting older survivors and survivors with physical, learning or sensory disabilities across Oxfordshire. 
  • Our ChISVA service is dedicated to supporting young people aged 14 to 18 across Oxfordshire. 
  • Our Oxford University ISVA service is dedicated to supporting students at Oxford University.
  • Our Brookes University ISVA service is dedicated to supporting students at Oxford Brookes University.

 

Not sure what to do about what happened to you?

If you’re unsure about reporting and would like information on the process and/or to discuss what to expect before doing so, you can book an Informed Choice Session with us. 

An Informed Choice Session is a one-off session with a trained ISVA who can provide practical information about the reporting process and help you to explore your feelings about reporting.  

There will be no pressure for you to report, but if you do decide that reporting is right for you, you would be given the option to receive ongoing ISVA support. 

If you would like to book an informed choice session with an ISVA, please complete our online self-referral form and select “Community ISVA”. 

 

Not sure if the service is for you?

Contact us at 01865 725311 or at isva@osarcc.org.uk.

 

How do I make a referral? 

We accept referrals from survivors themselves and from others who have the survivor’s explicit permission, including other organisations. Find more information about making a referral. 

 

What happens after I’ve made a referral?

Once you’ve made contact, the ISVA will phone you for an initial chat and will let you know about potential waiting times. She will then arrange a time to meet you in a location that’s convenient for you, over the phone or as an online meeting.  

 


 

Confidentiality

All queries will be treated in confidence and your details will not be shared with any other organisation.

Any information you share with the ISVA will be kept confidential within OSARCC. Some information about people receiving ISVA support may be shared between other OSARCC team members and the OSARCC clinical supervisor.

We maintain boundaries of confidentiality between the ISVA service and OSARCC’s phone, email and text listening services, so that people receiving ISVA support can still access these services as an alternative, confidential support mechanism.

We will only break confidentiality if you ask us to, or if you’ve given us relevant information that makes us concerned for your or somebody else’s safety. For more information about this, please read our Child Protection policy.


 

Privacy

If you are visiting our website, we use a third party service called Google Analytics to collect anonymous information about how you use our website, such as any search terms you used to find OSARCC’s website, which pages you visit, and how long you stay on the website. This helps us to find out how people are using our website, and how useful it is. We can’t use this information to identify you.

Please note that if you follow a link from this site to another site, this policy will no longer apply. We are not responsible for other sites’ information handling practices. Use of your information by the owner of the linked site will normally be governed by that site’s privacy policy, which we encourage you to read.

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