Advocacy & Advice

Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA)

Our Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) provides emotional and practical advice and support for women over 18 who have experienced rape, sexual abuse or any other type of sexual violence at any time in their lives. We can:

  • Help you to get the support you need and decide what to do.
  • Help you to access healthcare and give information about your options.
  • Provide information about the legal process, so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to report.
  • Support you in making a report and at all stages of the process.
  • Inform you about your rights and support you to speak up for them.
  • Advocate for you with the police and other agencies, if needed.
  • Accompany you to meetings about your case.
  • Help you to link with other types of support you may need (e.g. housing, healthcare, counselling etc.)

The service is confidential and we won’t share your information with anyone else without your consent.

We will only break confidentiality in cases where you've given us relevant information and we're concerned for your (or somebody else's) safety. For more information, read our child protection policy.

The ISVA works in a non-directive and non-judgmental way. This means that she will give you information about legal processes and services that are there to support you, but will not try to influence you to take any particular course of action. She will support the decisions you make and will not judge you.

How can I get support?

Whether you are considering reporting, are currently going through the legal process or would like some support with any other practical issues, you can get in touch with our ISVA in the following ways:

Tel: 01865 725311

Email: isva@osarcc.org.uk

Once you’ve made contact, the ISVA will phone you for an initial chat and then arrange a time to meet you in a location that’s convenient for you (we have venues across Oxfordshire).

How can I refer someone else?

Where possible, it is best that women to refer themselves to the ISVA service. However, we recognise that there may be times when this isn’t possible or they would prefer for someone else to make a referral on their behalf.

Professionals and supporters can make a referral, with the survivor’s consent, by contacting us on the details above or completing a referral form and emailing it over to us. When you contact us we will check that the person you’re referring has given permission to be referred, understands what the ISVA service is and knows why they’re being referred.