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First Light awarded ISVA contract for Swindon and Wiltshire

First Light is pleased to announce it has been successful in the bid to provide the Independent Sexual Violence Advisory (ISVA) service for Swindon and Wiltshire.

Following a competitive tender process, First Light was awarded a five-year contract from the office of the Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner, which will commence on 1 April 2023.

The ISVA service provides support for anyone who has experienced rape or sexual abuse recently, or in the past. Support is available whether someone has already reported an incident to the Police, or if they are looking for advice and support on the options available to them.

Lyn Gooding, Chief Executive of First Light, said: “We are delighted First Light was selected as the ISVA service provider in Swindon and Wiltshire. As we already run the Swindon and Wiltshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), this latest contract will help to provide a smooth transition for our clients as they move from one service to another.”

First Light accepts referrals from professionals or people who wish to self-refer into the service. You can do this here or for more information contact the referral advice line on 0300 373 2715.

Our Specialised LGBTQ+ Support Team

Row Barber (They/Them), Our LGBTQ+ Independent Domestic Violence Advisor 

The LGBTQ+ IDVA role has been running for a year now, and Row works across Cornwall in partnership with the Intercom Trust, and a counterpart role that covers the Devon area.
Giving a voice to LGBTQ+ Survivors is at the heart of the role. There is a real need to have a strong presence advocating for people within queer community to be able to access all the services that everyone else can. It’s really important for LGBTQ+ people to have support and understanding from someone who can identify with, and help them to overcome the stereotypes and assumptions that can so often be made about their gender or sexual identity.  

Kim Jewell (she/her) is our LGBTQ+ Independent Sexual Violence Advisor

The essence of Kim’s role is creating connection within the LGBTQ+ community and making them aware of the support that’s available to them – working with clients within the LGBTQ+ community and build a good working relationship with local LGBTQ+ support services and organisations.

Kim is putting the groundwork into building those networks so people feel they’re able to come forward and there will be specific LGBTQ support for them when they do.

By working in an LGBTQ+ specific role, Row and Kim ensure that, at an extremely difficult time in their lives, LGBTQ+ survivors are understood.

It’s really important that, whilst also processing their experiences, people don’t also have to advocate for themselves or find themselves explaining some of the complexities that come with different types of relationships, or the barriers that come with accessing services. This is particularly challenging for trans people and people who identify with a gender that is not binary.  

We also recognise that we may not have all the tools to support someone’s complex needs, and so we also work in close partnership with other organisations, meaning we can signpost to community groups and supporting services that are more suitable or comfortable for the person.  

These are extremely important roles, which go back to the idea that the community is underrepresented in the support services that are available. The roles were created specifically to give the community a voice.

Row hopes to lessen some of the demands placed on LGBTQ+ survivors so that they can focus on taking steps towards a future free from abuse.  

Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community herself, Kim hopes that people feel like their support team can empathise with the queer experience and that will make them feel more comfortable coming forward and seeking support.

Feedback from clients shows that knowing that Kim belongs to that community has really benefitted them, because ‘you just get it’.

Partnership with the Intercom Trust for the LGBTQ+ IDVA Role:
Row is employed by First Light but the role is designed to complement and to run alongside The LGBTQ+ support offered by The Intercom Trust.

This works in partnership with the Intercom Trust’s focus in Cornwall, which includes outreach into schools and supporting young LGBTQ+ people with some of the challenges they face. They also offer practical support with accessing queer resources – where there is a particular need to support trans people to access the healthcare they need.

Why First Light?

Row: It’s important for people to feel represented and understood, and feel like their advocate ‘gets’ them, so they don’t have to explain the LGBTQ+ aspects of their lives.  A significant proportion of Queer people face barriers to being accepted for who they are, and to living their lives without additional oppressions every single day. To have to navigate these barriers during a traumatic time can become overwhelming.

Kim: I have personal lived experience, and as a member of a particularly high risk community I’ve unfortunately always been surrounded by sexual violence and of supporting others through it. I think for me, the best thing about my job is that it’s allowing me to take a really bad experience that myself and people I know have been through, and being part of the change. Taking the worst thing that could happen and making something positive come of that. And that when it comes to clients, I can truly say ‘I understand’.

If you’d like to be supported by one of the LGBTQ+ Team at First Light, call our helpline on 03008 444 7 444

Role Profile: Neurodiverse Independent Sexual Violence Advisor

Claire is our Neurodiverse ISVA, working with neurodiverse clients and advising the team on how to ensure our services are accessible, understandable, and supportive for everyone who needs them.

Tell us about it:

Claire Lee is our Neurodiverse ISVA. She holds a caseload for the ISVA services to get on top of the Court Contact experience and understand the role better.

Neirodiversity is a broad spectrum, and so the way it affects people varies greatly. However, we know that neurodiversity can be a barrier to accessing the support that organisations offer to people have experienced Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence. It can also be a reason people choose not to report to the police and have less trust in those institutions, sometimes due to a lack of proper understanding and training.

We created the Neurodiverse ISVA role to help people overcome those barriers and ensure we are equipped to support everyone who needs us. Claire strives to make sure that all of her clients feel listened to, supported and validated.

Many people who live with neurodiversity can be more vulnerable, and can require higher levels support to get through day to day life, so when they face the additional trauma and stress of Domestic Abuse or Sexual Violence, this can be harder to navigate. When facing a complex and inaccessible justice system, Claire hopes to demystify this process and ensure that her clients have a voice.

Claire says, ‘for neurodiverse people, being asked to navigate the legal system is like asking someone to climb mount Everest without a rope – but my job is to be the rope. We can’t make the mountain any smaller, but we can make it easier to reach the summit.’

Why do you think your role is important?

Claire likes working with all the different people and professionals as well as those who have been affected. Making an impact and knowing you’ve played a part in making things better for people make it worth it. Claire thinks it’s important to advocate for vulnerable people, ensuring that some of the people who might otherwise slip through the net are receiving the support they need. She’s also committed to improving awareness of DA across health services and helping other agencies be more trauma aware.

Role Profile: Children and Young Person’s ISVA

For the first of our ‘role profiles’, to highlight the breadth of our work across the 16 Days of Action against Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, we sat down with Emma, our Children and Young Person’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor to find out more about this vital role and what it entails.

Tell us about your role:

Emma is the Children and Young People’s ISVA for mid-Cornwall. Emma is also a senior practitioner, which means alongside her role she also helps to support other ISVAs and answer any of their questions.

The CYP ISVA role exists to support anybody Under the age of 18 through the criminal justice process, all the way through from ‘report to court’, as well as supporting young people aged 16-18 to decide whether to report to the police in the first instance.

The main role of the ISVA is to give the young person a voice and to offer a single point of contact for young people at this difficult time. That can mean helping keep young people engaged with the process, explaining complex language in an accessible way, demystifying the justice system, or supporting them with other areas such as issues at school or relationships and family life. They’ll offer reassurance and support and can liaise with other organisations and make referrals, too. Young people will build a relationship with the same ISVA for the entire length of the ‘support to court’ process.

CYP ISVAs work with people from the ages of 0-18, so a lot of the role is also offering support and reassurance to parents.

Why do you think your role is important?

Children who’ve been affected by trauma can sometimes be missed out of the process, even though they are the person who has experienced the trauma. It’s not uncommon for young people not to be updated by parents, for many reasons, sometimes in an effort to protect them – however, this doesn’t always give young people the agency they need or the opportunity to ask questions. This is particularly important for cases involving the police, as by standard practice the police will liaise with parents of a minor rather than the young person themselves.

For a young person, then, an ISVA can be the person they ask any questions to, no matter what about – and who will explain what’s going on to them. This also gives them a voice if they want to advocate for themselves, and to understand their rights. It’s important too for them to have an empathetic person involved in the process who doesn’t represent An Institution.

Why First Light? Emma has been with FL for 6 years. It’s a subject she’s always been passionate about, having previously worked as a crisis worker for a Sexual Assault Referral Centre. Becoming an ISVA was a job progression she really wanted to make. It might be a tough role, but it’s so rewarding. Emma is passionate about improving the lives of young people who’ve had a rough time, and she loves the work and the diversity of the role. It’s truly a job where no day is the same.

To make a referral, visit: https://www.firstlight.org.uk/isva-referral/

Or call 03458 12 12 12

यौन उत्पीडन निर्दिष्ट केन्द्र (Sexual Assault Referral Centre, SARC) – Nepali

स्विन्डन र विल्टशायर यौन उत्पीडन निर्दिष्ट केन्द्र (SARC)

यौन उत्पीडन निर्दिष्ट केन्द्र (SARC) भनेको बलात्कार वा यौन उत्पीडनका उत्तरजीवीहरूले तत्काल मद्दत र सहायता प्राप्त गर्न सक्ने एक सुविधाप्राप्त स्थल हो।

उत्तरजीवीहरूले कुनै अनुभवी र योग्य डाक्टर वा नर्सद्वारा गरिने फोरेन्सिक चिकित्सा परीक्षणमा पहुँच गर्न छनौट गर्न सक्छन्।

यस परीक्षणको क्रममा समग्र कल्याण जाँच गरिन्छ र प्रहरी रिपोर्ट गरेमा प्रमाणको रूपमा प्रयोग गर्नका लागि शरीरबाट केही स्वाबहरू लिने विकल्प पनि छ।

आघातसम्बन्धी जानकारी भएको संकट कार्यकर्ताको सहयोगमा उत्तरजीवीहरू प्रक्रियाका लागि सहज र नियन्त्रणमा छन् भनी सुनिश्चित गर्न उनीहरूलाई परीक्षण गरेर मार्गदर्शन गरिने छ। प्रत्येक व्यक्तिका लागि व्यक्तिगत रूपमा सहायता प्रदान गरिने छ र प्रश्नहरू सोध्ने, सुन्ने र यौन स्वास्थ्य जोखिमहरूका बारेमा आश्वस्त हुने समय र ठाउँ पनि प्रदान गरिने छ।

स्वयं-निर्दिष्टको रूपमा उपस्थित हुँदा अर्थात् प्रहरीसँग संलग्न नभइकन केन्द्रमा फोन गर्दा, उत्तरजीवीहरूले चाहेमा उनीहरूका लागि घटनाका बारेमा प्रहरीसँग कुरा गर्ने अवसरको व्यवस्था मिलाउन सकिन्छ।

SARC मा हामी तपाईंको विषयमा फैसला गर्ने छैनौं, हामी तपाईंमाथि विश्वास गर्ने छौं र तपाईंका यसपछिका विकल्पहरू के छन् भनेर पत्ता लगाउन तपाईंसँग काम गर्ने छौं।

तपाईंमाथि बलात्कार वा यौन उत्पीडन भएको छ भने, तपाईं सिधै SARC लाई सम्पर्क गर्न सक्नुहुन्छ वा प्रहरीसँग सिफारिस लिएर आउन सक्नुहुन्छ।

तपाईंले हामीलाई सिधै सम्पर्क गर्नुभयो भने, तपाईं अज्ञात रहन सक्नुहुन्छ र प्रहरीलाई कसरी संलग्न गर्ने र कुनै प्रमाणका नमुनाहरूसँग के गर्ने भन्नेबारे सोच्नका लागि चाहेजति समय पाउनुहुन्छ। हाम्रा विशेष तालिमप्राप्त संकट कार्यकर्ताहरूले प्रहरीलाई संलग्न गर्ने वा नगर्ने भन्ने विषयमा निर्णय गर्नमा मद्दत गर्न सक्छन्। तपाईं स्वयं-निर्दिष्टको रूपमा संकट कार्यकर्तालाई सोमवारदेखि आइतवारर, बिहान 08.00 बजेदेखि बेलुकी 20.00 बजेसम्म 01793 781917 मा सम्पर्क गर्न सक्नुहुन्छ।

तर पनि, तपाईंले पहिले नै प्रहरीलाई सम्पर्क गर्न रोज्नुभएको हुन सक्छ। त्यसो हो भने, उनीहरूले अवश्य तपाईंको पहिचान थाहा पाउने छन् र आफ्नो अनुसन्धानका लागि कुनै पनि प्रमाणका नमुनाहरू राख्ने छन्। प्रहरी सिफारिसहरू वर्षको 365 (6) दिन, 24/7 उपलब्ध हुन्छन्।

प्रहरी संलग्न भए वा नभए तापनि, SARC ले तपाईंलाई आवश्यक पर्ने सहयोग र सेवाहरू प्रदान गर्दछ। हाम्रा सबै सेवा गोप्य रहन्छन्। तर पनि, कुनै बालबालिका वा युवा वा कमजोर वयस्कलाई सार्थक हानीको जोखिम भएको मानिन्छ भने प्रहरी र/वा बालबालिकाको सामाजिक हेरचाहसँग जानकारी साझा गर्नु (बालबालिका ऐन 2004 र बालबालिकाको सुरक्षाका लागि मिलेर काम गर्ने) हाम्रो कानुनी कर्तव्य हो।

तपाईं जहिले पनि आफूलाई के हुन्छ भन्नेबारे छनौट गर्न सक्षम हुनु हुने छ।

तपाईंले SARC लाई सम्पर्क गर्दा के हुन्छ भन्ने कुराका लागि यहाँ एक चरणबद्ध मार्गदर्शक छ:

चरण 1: अपोइन्टमेन्ट लिनुहोस्

तपाईं 01793 781917 मा सम्पर्क गरेर SARC मा उपस्थित हुन अपोइन्टमेन्ट लिन सक्नुहुन्छ। तपाईंले कल गर्दा तपाईंलाई उपलब्ध विकल्पहरूका बारेमा स्पष्टीकरण दिइने छ, साथै तपाईंले रोज्नुभएको हो भने अपोइन्टमेन्टको समय पनि दिइने छ। SARC मा प्रहरीको संलग्नता बिना नै अपोइन्टमेन्ट लिन सकिन्छ। तपाईंले कुनै संकट कार्यकर्तालाई भेट्न सक्नुहुन्छ जसले तपाईंको हेरचाह गर्ने छ र उपलब्ध विकल्पहरूको व्याख्या गर्ने छ।

तपाईंले प्रहरीलाई बोलाउनुभयो भने, उनीहरूले तपाईंका लागि अपोइन्टमेन्टको व्यवस्था मिलाउने छन् र तपाईंलाई SARC मा साथ दिने छन्। कुनै विशेष तालिमप्राप्त अधिकारीले तपाईंको हेरचाह गर्ने छन्। यौन अपराध अनुसन्धान टोली अधिकारी (SOITs) ले तपाईंको हेरचाह गर्ने छ।

चरण 2: तपाईं आइपुगेपछि

तपाईं आफ्नो अपोइन्टमेन्टमा आइपुगेपछि संकट कार्यकर्तासँग कुरा गर्नु हुने छ। उनीहरूले तपाईंका व्यक्तिगत विवरणहरू टिप्ने छन्, तपाईंका लागि उपलब्ध सबै विकल्पका बारेमा व्याख्या गर्ने छन् र अब के हुन्छ भनेर छलफल गर्ने छन्।

चरण 3: फोरेन्सिक परीक्षण

कुनै विशेषज्ञ डाक्टर/नर्सद्वारा सकेसम्म संवेदनशील रूपमा फोरेन्सिक चिकित्सा परीक्षण गरिने छ। यस परीक्षणलाई अगाडि बढाउने निर्णय पूर्णतया तपाईंमा निर्भर छ र तपाईंले प्रहरीलाई संलग्न गरे वा नगरे तापनि यो परीक्षण गर्न सकिन्छ। तपाईं कुनै पनि समयमा परीक्षण रोक्न सक्नुहुन्छ।

फोरेन्सिक परीक्षणहरू उत्पीडनपछि सकेसम्म चाँडो भएमा राम्रोसँग गर्न सकिन्छ, यद्यपि यो तपाईंले गर्न मन लागेको अन्तिम कुरा हुन सक्छ। परीक्षणहरूले के भएको हो भन्नेबारे र तपाईंका आक्रमणकारीका बारेमा प्रमाण प्रदान गर्न सक्छन् – तपाईंले प्रहरीलाई संलग्न गर्ने छनौट गरेमा र गर्दा यस प्रमाणको प्रयोग गरिने छ।

चरण 4: सल्लाह

फोरेन्सिक परीक्षणमा, डाक्टर/नर्सले उपयुक्त लागेमा तपाईंलाई गर्भावस्था परीक्षण गर्न र/वा आपतकालीन गर्भनिरोधक दिन सक्छन्। फोरेन्सिक परीक्षण गर्दा डाक्टर/नर्सले सामान्यतया यौन सम्पर्कबाट सर्ने सङ्क्रमणहरू (STIs) का लागि जाँच गर्दैनन् किनभने तिनीहरूको परीक्षण त्यति छिट्टै हुँदैन। तर पनि, उनीहरू यसबारेमा तपाईंसँग कुरा गर्न सक्छन् र तपाईंलाई STIs को जाँच गर्नका लागि विशेषज्ञप्राप्त क्लिनिकमा जान सिफारिस गर्ने छन्।

चरण 5: फलो-अप

बलात्कार वा यौन उत्पीडनका प्रभावहरूको सामना गर्न धेरै गाह्रो हुन सक्छ र यसलाई समाधान गर्न समय पनि लाग्न सक्छ भन्ने कुरा हामी बुझ्दछौं। तपाईंलाई मद्दत गर्न SARC ले निम्न कुराहरूको पहुँच प्रदान गर्न सक्छ:

· यौन स्वास्थ्य सेवाहरू

· SARC का कुनै संकट अधिवक्ताको सहयोग

· कुनै स्वतन्त्र यौन हिंसा सल्लाहकार (Independent Sexual Violence Adviser, ISVA) को निरन्तर सहयोग – तपाईं तिनीहरूलाई सिधै पहुँच गर्न सक्नुहुन्छ वा SARC मार्फत सिफारिस गर्न सकिन्छ

· परामर्श सेवामा परामर्श मूल्याङ्कन र सिफारिस।

तपाईंले SARC लाई सम्पर्क गरेपछि, तपाईंलाई आवश्यक सहयोग दिनका लागि हाम्रो संकट कार्यकर्ताहरूको टोली उपलब्ध हुने छ।

संक्षेपमा भन्नु पर्दा टोली निम्न कुरामा सक्षम छ:

· तपाईंलाई उपलब्ध हुन सक्ने विभिन्न विकल्पहरूका बारेमा व्याख्या गर्न र त्यसपछि तपाईंले गर्ने निर्णयहरूमा तपाईंलाई साथ दिन;

· भावनात्मक र व्यावहारिक सहयोग प्रदान गर्न;

· तपाईंले कानुनी कार्यवाही अपनाउन चाहे वा नचाहे तापनि, तपाईंका आवश्यकतानुसार तपाईंलाई सबैभन्दा राम्रो सहयोग प्राप्त गर्नमा मद्दत गर्न र यसका लागि तपाईंसँग काम गर्न; र

· तपाईंले उत्पीडनका बारेमा प्रहरीलाई रिपोर्ट गर्न छनोट गरेमा, तपाईंसँग कानुनी सोधपूछ अगाडिका भेटहरू र अदालती सुनुवाईहरूमा उपस्थित हुने स्वतन्त्र यौन हिंसा सल्लाहकार (ISVA) सेवाका लागि सिफारिस गर्न।

Centrul de trimitere a cazurilor de criză în urma agresiunilor sexuale (SARC) – Romanian

Centrul de trimitere a cazurilor de criză în urma agresiunilor sexuale (SARC) din Swindon și Wiltshire.

Un centru de trimitere a cazurilor de criză în urma agresiunilor sexuale (SARC) este o unitate specializată, în care supraviețuitorii violului sau agresiunii sexuale pot primi asistență și sprijin imediat.

Supraviețuitorii pot alege să aibă acces la o examinare medico-legală, care este efectuată de un medic sau o asistentă cu experiență și calificare.

În timpul acestei examinări, se efectuează o verificare holistică a stării de bine și există, de asemenea, opțiunea de a preleva unele probe din și de pe corp, pentru a fi folosite ca probe în cazul în care se face plângere la poliție.

Cu ajutorul unui asistent pentru situații de criză, informat despre traumă, supraviețuitorii vor fi ghidați prin examinare, pentru a se asigura că se simt confortabil și dețin controlul asupra procesului. Sprijinul acordat este individualizat pentru fiecare persoană, oferindu-se timp și spațiu pentru a pune întrebări, a fi ascultat(ă) și a fi calmat(ă) cu privire la riscurile privind sănătatea sexuală.

Dacă veniți din proprie inițiativă, adică sunați la centru fără implicarea poliției, există posibilitatea de a discuta cu poliția despre ceea ce s-a petrecut dacă supraviețuitorul dorește aceasta.

Aici, la SARC, nu vă vom judeca, vă vom crede și vom colabora cu dvs. pentru a descoperi care sunt opțiunile disponibile în continuare.

Dacă ați fost violat(ă) sau agresat(ă) sexual, puteți contacta direct SARC, sau puteți veni trimis(ă) de poliție.

Dacă ne contactați în mod direct, puteți rămâne anonim(ă) și vă puteți acorda timpul necesar pentru a vă gândi cum să implicați poliția și ce să faceți cu eventualele probe. Asistenții noștri pentru situații de criză, special instruiți, vă pot ajuta să decideți dacă implicați sau nu poliția. Puteți contacta un asistent pentru situații de criză din proprie inițiativă, de luni până duminică, între orele 08.00 și 20.00, la numărul: 01793 781917.

Este posibil, totuși, ca dvs. să fi ales deja să sesizați mai întâi poliția. Dacă da, ei vă vor cunoaște, desigur, identitatea și vor păstra orice probe pentru investigațiile lor. Sesizările la poliție sunt disponibile 24/7, 365(6) de zile din an.

SARC vă oferă sprijinul și serviciile de care aveți nevoie, indiferent dacă poliția este implicată sau nu. Toate serviciile noastre sunt confidențiale. Cu toate acestea, avem datoria legală de a împărtăși informații cu poliția și/sau cu Asistența Socială pentru Copii dacă un copil, un tânăr sau un adult vulnerabil este considerat a fi expus riscului de vătămare semnificativă (Legea privind copiii, din 2004, și „Working Together to Safeguard Children”).

În orice moment, veți putea face alegeri cu privire la ceea ce vi se petrece.

Iată un ghid pas-cu-pas cu privire la ceea ce este posibil să se petreacă atunci când contactați SARC.

Pasul 1: FACEȚI O PROGRAMARE

Puteți face o programare pentru a veni la SARC, contactându-ne la numărul: 01793 781917. Când veți suna, vi se va oferi o explicație privind opțiunile disponibile, precum și o programare dacă veți alege aceasta. O programare la SARC se poate face fără implicarea poliției. Veți fi întâmpinat(ă) de un asistent pentru situații de criză, care se va ocupa de dvs. și vă va explica opțiunile disponibile.

Dacă sunați la poliție, ei vă vor stabili programarea și vă vor însoți la SARC. Un ofițer special instruit se va ocupa de dvs. Acesta va fi un ofițer al echipei de investigare a infracțiunilor sexuale (SOIT).

Pasul 2: LA SOSIREA DVS.

Când ajungeți la programare, veți discuta cu un asistent pentru situații de criză. Acesta vă va lua datele cu caracter personal, vă va explica toate opțiunile disponibile și va discuta cu dvs. despre ceea ce se va petrece în continuare.

Pasul 3: EXAMINARE MEDICO-LEGALĂ

O examinare medico-legală va fi efectuată cât mai delicat posibil de către un medic specialist/(o) asistent(ă). Decizia de a continua această examinare vă aparține în întregime și poate fi luată indiferent dacă alegeți sau nu să implicați poliția. Puteți alege să opriți examinarea în orice moment.

Este cel mai bine ca examinările medico-legale să fie efectuate cât mai curând posibil în urma unui atac, chiar dacă acesta poate fi ultimul lucru pe care doriți să-l faceți. Examinările ar putea oferi dovezi despre ceea ce s-a petrecut și despre atacatorul dvs. – pentru a fi folosite când și dacă alegeți să implicați poliția.

Pasul 4: CONSILIERE

La examinarea medico-legală, medicul/asistentul/asistenta poate, dacă este considerat adecvat, să vă facă un test de sarcină și/sau să vă administreze contracepție de urgență. De obicei, medicul/asistentul/asistenta nu va verifica dacă există boli cu transmitere sexuală (BTS) în momentul examinării medico-legale, deoarece este adesea prea devreme pentru ca acestea să apară. Cu toate acestea, este posibil ca ei să vă vorbească despre acestea și vă vor da o trimitere pentru a fi consultat(ă) la o clinică de specialitate pentru detectarea BTS.

Pasul 5: CONTINUARE

Înțelegem că a fi confruntați cu efectele violului sau agresiunii sexuale poate fi extrem de dificil și necesită timp pentru a le rezolva. Pentru a vă ajuta în acest sens, SARC vă poate oferi acces la:

· servicii privind sănătatea sexuală

· sprijin din partea unui avocat pentru situații de criză, la SARC

· sprijin continuu din partea unui consilier independent specializat în violență sexuală (CISVS) – le puteți accesa direct sau puteți fi îndrumat prin SARC

· evaluare pentru consiliere și trimitere către un serviciu de consiliere.

Din momentul în care contactați SARC, echipa noastră de asistenți pentru situații de criză va fi disponibilă pentru a vă oferi sprijinul de care aveți nevoie.

Pe scurt, echipa este capabilă să:

· vă explice diversele opțiuni disponibile pentru dvs., apoi să vă sprijine în orice decizie pe care o luați;

· vă ofere sprijin emoțional și practic;

· vă ajute să obțineți cel mai bun sprijin în funcție de nevoile dvs. și să colaboreze cu dvs. pentru a vă ajuta să le realizați, indiferent dacă doriți sau nu să luați măsuri legale; și să

· vă furnizeze o trimitere către consilierul independent specializat în violență sexuală (CISVS), care va participa la vizitele de dinaintea procesului și la audierile din instanță, dacă alegeți să raportați agresiunea la poliție.

Ośrodek dla ofiar napaści seksualnych (SARC) – Polish

Ośrodek dla ofiar napaści seksualnych (SARC) w Swindon i Wiltshire

Ośrodek dla ofiar napaści seksualnych (SARC) to specjalistyczna placówka, w której ofiary gwałtu i napaści na tle seksualnym mogą otrzymać natychmiastową pomoc i wsparcie.

Osoby, które zgłoszą się do ośrodka, mogą zdecydować się na obdukcję, czyli specjalistyczne badanie przeprowadzone przez doświadczonego i wykwalifikowanego lekarza medycyny sądowej lub pielęgniarkę.

Podczas tego kompleksowego badania lekarskiego mogą zostać pobrane wymazy, które posłużą jako dowód, jeśli ofiara napaści postanowi złożyć doniesienie na policję.

Przeszkolony w pracy z osobami, które doświadczyły traumy, pracownik ośrodka wyjaśni, na czym polega badanie, aby każda zgłaszająca się do ośrodka osoba czuła się komfortowo i miała poczucie kontroli. Wsparcie jest dostosowane do indywidualnych potrzeb danej osoby. Każda przyjęta w ośrodku ofiara napaści zostaje wysłuchana, może zadać dowolne pytania i uzyskać fachowe porady w zakresie zdrowia seksualnego.

Osoby, które zgłoszą się do ośrodka same, tj. bez udziału policji, mogą, jeśli taka będzie ich decyzja, porozmawiać o zdarzeniu z funkcjonariuszem policji.

W SARC nie będziemy Cię osądzać, uwierzymy w to, co mówisz, i wspólnie z Tobą ustalimy, co możesz zrobić dalej.

Ofiary gwałtu lub napaści na tle seksualnym mogą skontaktować się bezpośrednio z SARC lub zostać do nas skierowane przez policję.

Osoby, które skontaktują się z nami bezpośrednio, mogą zrobić to anonimowo, a następnie zdecydować, czy chcą złożyć doniesienie na policję oraz co zrobić z zebranymi dowodami. Nasi specjalnie przeszkoleni pracownicy ds. sytuacji kryzysowych (ang. Crisis Workers) mogą pomóc w podjęciu decyzji dotyczącej złożenia doniesienia na policję. Ofiary napaści mogą skontaktować się z pracownikami naszego centrum samodzielnie, od poniedziałku do niedzieli w godzinach od 8:00 do 20:00 pod numerem 01793 781917.

Można także najpierw złożyć doniesienie na policję. W takiej sytuacji policja będzie znała tożsamość ofiary napaści i zachowa wszelkie zebrane dowody na potrzeby dochodzenia. Osoby skierowanie do ośrodka przez policję przyjmowane są 24 godziny na dobę, 7 dni w tygodniu, 365(6) dni w roku.

SARC zapewnia wsparcie i usługi niezależnie od tego, czy ofiara napaści złożyła doniesienie na policję. Świadczymy nasze usługi z zachowaniem pełnej poufności. Mamy jednak prawny obowiązek przekazać informacje policji i/lub służbom opieki społecznej zajmującym się dziećmi, jeśli dziecko, nastolatek/-ka lub osoba dorosła o szczególnych potrzebach jest narażona na ryzyko doznania znacznej krzywdy (zgodnie z treścią brytyjskiej ustawy o dzieciach

z 2004 r. [Children Act 2004] i wytycznych brytyjskiego rządu dotyczących współpracy na rzecz ochrony dzieci).

Przez cały czas decydujesz o tym, jakie działania chcesz podjąć.

Poniżej wyjaśniamy krok po kroku, czego możesz się spodziewać, kiedy skontaktujesz się z SARC:

KROK 1: ZGŁOSZENIE SIĘ DO OŚRODKA

Możesz zgłosić się do SARC, kontaktując się z nami pod numerem 01793 781917. Kiedy zadzwonisz, wyjaśnimy Ci wszystkie dostępne opcje. Możesz także umówić się na wizytę w naszym ośrodku. Wizyta w SARC może odbyć się bez udziału policji. Spotkasz się z pracownikiem ds. sytuacji kryzysowych, który zaopiekuje się Tobą i wyjaśni, co możesz zrobić.

Jeśli złożysz doniesienie, funkcjonariusz policji umówi dla Ciebie wizytę w SARC, na którą stawisz się wraz z przedstawicielem policji. Możesz liczyć na pomoc specjalnie przeszkolonych funkcjonariuszy i będziesz pod opieką członka zespołu ds. dochodzeń w sprawie przestępstw seksualnych (Sexual Offence Investigation Team Officer, SOIT).

KROK 2: PO PRZYBYCIU DO OŚRODKA

Po przybyciu do Ośrodka porozmawiasz z pracownikiem ds. sytuacji kryzysowych. Zanotuje on Twoje dane osobowe, wyjaśni wszystkie dostępne opcje i omówi z Tobą dalsze działania.

KROK 3: OBDUKCJA LEKARSKA

Lekarz medycyny sądowej lub pielęgniarka przeprowadzają obdukcję ofiar napaści seksualnej ze szczególną delikatnością. Decyzja o przeprowadzeniu tego badania należy wyłącznie do Ciebie i może zostać podjęta niezależnie od tego, czy zdecydujesz się złożyć doniesienie na policję. Badanie możesz przerwać w dowolnym momencie.

Obdukcję lekarską najlepiej przeprowadzić jak najszybciej, nawet jeśli jest to ostatnia rzecz, na którą masz ochotę. Badanie może dostarczyć dowodów dotyczących zdarzenia i napastnika. Mogą one zostać wykorzystane, jeśli i kiedy postanowisz złożyć doniesienie na policję.

KROK 4: WSPARCIE

Podczas obdukcji lekarz lub pielęgniarka mogą, jeśli uznają to za stosowne, wykonać test ciążowy i/lub zastosować antykoncepcję awaryjną. W ramach obdukcji nie przeprowadza się badania pod kątem infekcji przenoszonych drogą płciową, ponieważ zazwyczaj jest na to za

wcześnie. Mogą jednak porozmawiać z Tobą na ten temat i wystawić skierowanie na badania przesiewowe w kierunku chorób przenoszonych drogą płciową, które wykonuje się w specjalistycznej przychodni.

KROK 5: DALSZE DZIAŁANIA

Wiemy, jak trudno jest poradzić sobie z traumą związaną z gwałtem lub napaścią na tle seksualnym. Zazwyczaj wymaga to czasu. W SARC możemy Ci pomóc, zapewniając dostęp do:

· usług w zakresie zdrowia seksualnego,

· wsparcia rzecznika ds. sytuacji kryzysowych w SARC,

· stałego wsparcia niezależnych doradców ofiar przemocy seksualnej (ISVA), do których można zwrócić się bezpośrednio lub zostać skierowanym przez SARC,

· oceny potrzeb w zakresie terapii i skierowania do specjalistycznej poradni terapeutycznej. Od momentu, w którym skontaktujesz się z SARC, nasz zespół pracowników ds. sytuacji kryzysowych będzie do Twojej dyspozycji, by udzielić Ci niezbędnego wsparcia.

Podsumowując, nasz zespół może:

· wyjaśnić opcje, z których możesz skorzystać, a następnie wesprzeć Cię niezależnie od decyzji, jaką podejmiesz;

· zapewnić Ci wsparcie emocjonalne i praktyczne;

· pomóc Ci w uzyskaniu optymalnego wsparcia w zależności od Twoich potrzeb, niezależnie od tego, czy postanowisz podjąć kroki prawne; oraz

· skierować Cię do niezależnego doradcy ofiar przemocy seksualnej (ISVA), który będzie Ci towarzyszył w rozmowach przedprocesowych i rozprawach sądowych, jeśli postanowisz zgłosić napaść na policję.

Plymouth Therapy Update

PRESS RELEASE 23/07/2019

First Light are pleased to announce the expansion of their sexual violence counselling provision in Plymouth to include victims of historic sexual abuse.

The charity is asking people in Plymouth to get in touch if they have been affected by sexual violence to see if the therapy service is appropriate for them.

First Light has recently secured further grant funding for 3 years to re-establish the Historic Sexual Violence Counselling Service in Plymouth. We are delighted that these grants coupled with additional funding from the Ministry of Justice, have allowed us to expand our current counselling programme to reach many more people who very much need the support.

As part of this programme, First Light are delighted to have offered year-long placements to six counselling students from across Devon and Cornwall in their final year of study. The placement involved a highly specialized training programme to ensure they can safely work with victims of sexual violence.

Karen Barnitt, Therapy Team Leader ‘’We are proud to have been granted these funds for a service which is desperately needed. We’re also delighted to be able to offer the opportunity to educate and nurture, new and emerging counsellors into this specialist field of sensitive client work.’’

Cath Curno, Sexual Violence Services Director “This additional funding, and development of the service will enable more people to access specialist therapeutic support at a time when they most need it, no matter when the incident happened. Our services will offer many more people the opportunity to access free counselling so we can support them to cope, recover and move on stronger with their lives”.

For adult counselling in Plymouth, First Light can now offer an assessment to see if the service is suitable to anyone who is:

  • 18+
  • Has ever been a victim of sexual violence at any time in their lives (Including childhood sexual abuse)

We have 2 existing services for children and young people:

  • Counselling for 11-18’s
  • Art Therapy for 5 – 19’s

The counselling service is located close to the centre of Plymouth in a modern and comfortable building which is easily accessible. If you would like to find out more or make a referral please go to our website www.firstlight.org.uk or telephone 03458 121212.

ENDS

Crisis Workers

A crisis worker is a highly trained, yet compassionate and empathetic professional, who is skilled at supporting people at a time of trauma and personal crisis.

All of our crisis workers have been selected on the basis of their integrity and openness. They know how important it is for your voice to be heard at this time – it is their job to make sure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your immediate options. They will carefully explain the options open to you, including the process of a forensic medical examination.

Imagine your Crisis Worker as your eyes and ears. At times of stress and trauma, it is normal to feel shocked and numb. It can be difficult to take in and understand what is being said to you. It can be frightening when you feel that you are losing control of a situation. Your Crisis Worker is trained to make sure that they listen to the information being asked or given to you and to observe what is happening all around you. They represent you and your best interests and make sure that you have the time and space to reflect on what is being said so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices.

At any time, you can stop the process or change your mind about an examination. Your Crisis Worker will be next to you throughout your examination. If you want to change your mind, you simply need to tell your Crisis Worker, who will immediately stop any further action.

Above all else, your Crisis Worker is there to make sure that you are treated with dignity and respect at all times

Frequently Asked Questions – Sexual Assault Referral Centre

What Happens at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)?

First Light has two SARC’s – The Cove in Plymouth and the Willow Centre in Truro.

1. How long will an examination last?
2. Who will be present at the examination?
3. Can a friend or family member come in with me?
4. Does the examination hurt?
5. Will you tell my family?
6. Can I choose to have a male or female doctor/nurse/police officer?
7. When will I get the results?
8. Can I take a shower after the examination?

 

Q. How long will an examination last?

A. We appreciate that an examination is something that most people will want ‘over and done with’, and every effort is made to make sure that the actual examination is as efficient as possible with no unnecessary delays. The duration of the examination can depend on the number of factors including the quantity of samples required, injuries, medical history etc.

Before the examination, there may be a wait for a doctor (not an employee of First Light) to arrive and after the examination you may wish to use the washroom; all in all, you can expect to be at the SARC for a few hours, however the actual examination itself is usually the least timely (Approx. 30 – 40 minutes).

 

Q. Who will be present at the examination?

A. Usually you will be supported by a trained crisis worker, employed by us. The crisis worker is independent of any other agency and is there to make sure you receive the best possible care. If you have reported the incident to the police, you will also be assigned a specialist Sexual Offence Liaison Officer (SOLO) to support you during the investigation. The doctor or nurse (not employees of First Light) will conduct the examination, usually with the support of the SOLO (placed behind a screen) and the crisis worker (to support you, if desired).

 

Q. Can a friend or family member come in with me?

A. Your crisis worker will support you during the examination as they are trained to understand ‘what is happening and when’ – you will find this very comforting during the examination as she will talk you through the entire procedure and make sure you are comfortable to continue. If you are very upset and don’t want to go through with the examination without your friend or family member, we can try to arrange for them to support you; however they would need to replace the crisis worker as space is limited.

 

Q. Does the examination hurt?

A. No, the examination should not be a painful experience. As with any intimate examination, it is more uncomfortable than painful. Whilst every effort is taken to preserve your dignity we do understand how upsetting it is to have an internal examination – we therefore make sure that this element of the examination is carried out as quickly as possible. The implement for taking swabs is very similar to a large cotton bud so you should feel very little discomfort. If, at any stage during the examination, you were in pain or did not want to continue; your crisis worker will call a stop to the procedure. The examination is always in your control.

 

Q. Will you tell my family?

A. No, the decision to inform your family is entirely up to you. If you want us to make any calls, or write any letters on your behalf, we will be happy to do so.

 

Q. Can I choose to have a male or female doctor/nurse/police officer?

A. Every effort is made to accommodate your wishes. If you are not happy with the gender of the doctor or police officer, you will be given the option of waiting until we are able to accommodate your wishes.

 

Q. When will I get the results?

A. The purpose of an examination is to retrieve forensic evidence that will strengthen your case. If there is an inconsistency in the account from the offender, the samples will be sent to the laboratory. If the offender admits to the crime, there is no need to submit any DNA evidence. Your SOLO will keep you updated of any progress in the investigation, including any results from the laboratory. They will also return any items that assisted the investigation (e.g. phones, clothes, shoes etc.) once the investigation is complete. Please note that some clothes can become damaged by the laboratory when being tested for DNA evidence.

 

Q. Can I take a shower after the examination?

A. Yes. The suite has a private washroom with your own toiletries, towels and bath robe. Your crisis worker can also supply clothes, underwear and footwear if required. All of our facilities are disability friendly.