ISVA Support

An ISVA is an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor; a trained specialist who offers non-judgemental, practical and emotional support to survivors of sexual abuse who are thinking of reporting to the police. It is the ISVAs role to work with survivors and help them access support services and address long and short-term needs throughout the criminal justice process.

To read more about ‘A day in the life of an ISVA’ Click here.

Our ISVA service is supported by the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office.

Our ISVA will:

  • Offer support for those thinking of reporting
  • Provide you with impartial information to enable you to make choices
  • Offer an overview of the police process and what to expect
  • Support you through the criminal justice process
  • Liaise with police, courts and Crown Prosecution Service, and work closely with other agencies involved
  • Accompany you to important appointments
  • Support your next steps after the legal process
  • Offer continuing support after the criminal justice process

If you are aged 13 or over (or 16+ for boys) then you can call the RSACC on 01325 354119 and refer yourself for the ISVA service or email

Contact our Emotional Support Line

Phone us on 0300 222 5730

Open Tuesday 10am -1pm and 6.30pm -9.00pm

Thursday 10am - 1pm

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