Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Independent Sexual Advisor (ISVA) Service
An ISVA is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor, and First Lights Devon and Cornwall ISVA service consist of both Child and Young Persons and Adult ISVA’s. First Light is a charity, and although we work alongside the police and other agencies, we do not work for them. Whatever you tell us will be in confidence unless someone is at risk of harm.
As an ISVA, our aim is to support and empower you through the process of the criminal justice system if you have reported sexual abuse or violence to the police. Even the thought of reporting to the police can be a daunting one, and we can answer any questions you may have around this. We have supported many people through this process, and although everyone’s experience is different we can give you an idea of what you may expect. We can liaise regularly with the police, and provide you with updates on your case. Should your case go to trial then we can be there to support you at court.
We can also refer you to therapeutic services, or signpost you to other organisations that can be of help.
If you are unsure whether to report to the police, or just don’t know where to turn, an ISVA can offer an options consultation where concerns and alternatives to the criminal justice route can be discussed. This may be providing anonymous information to the police facilitated by the ISVA, or perhaps instead a referral into therapeutic support in which you can further explore your thoughts and feelings. By making you aware of your options you will be able to make the decision that is right for you.
We recognise that as individuals we all deal with things in different ways, and we will respect your way whilst being there to advise, listen and inform as needed. We will not judge you.
Our recent recruitment of a male ISVA means you can have the choice in whether you would prefer male or female support.
If you would like to access ISVA support, or an options consultation, please click here to make a referral, or contact us on 0300 3034626 for referrals, or 03458 121212 for advice and further information or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org