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LGBT INDEPENDENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE ADVOCACY SERVICE

RSVP is offering a new service from the LGBT Centre, their specialised LGBT Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVAs) offer practical and emotional support if you have experienced rape, sexual assault or sexual abuse either recently or in the past.  We can offer advice, advocacy & support if this is directly impacting on your life in any way and feel you need help to cope with a difficult situation or aspect of your life.  This may include you reporting to the police, we can inform you of the options and discuss the support available to you.  The decision to report will always be yours.

Sexual abuse & sexual violence is not always violent and often can be perpetrated by people known to you & well liked, in positions of trust, using alcohol or drugs and can included grooming & sexual exploitation.  If you have ever felt coerced, pressured, manipulated or befriended &rewarded for sexual acts that you do not readily want to engage in or willingly consent to.  You may feel confused about whether you have been abused please do not hesitate to contact us to talk through your concerns.  The perpetrator is responsible for their behaviour & actions.  You are not to blame.

Our service is welcoming, easily accessible & client centred.  You will always be treated with respect & value by genuine & non-judgemental, approachable & professional specialised LGBT ISVAs who will ensure that your views, opinions, wishes and feelings are respected and listened to by all agencies and people involved.

We offer inclusivity, understanding and support to all genders & sexualities including but not exclusive to , Lesbian, gay, bi, transsexual, transgender, non-binary, non cis, genderqueer, MSM, androgynous, intersex, pansexual…

The ISVAs offer:

  • Advice, advocacy, support for any matter arising directly from sexual assault or sexual abuse
  • Help & emotional support through Police and court processes
  • Liaising with other agencies & organisations on your behalf
  • Support accessing services for issues such as intimate health, mental health, work, family, finances, addictions, housing, self harm, domestic abuse etc
  • Updates on the progress of any investigation or practical interventions
  • Compassionate support to you and those supporting you
  • Referral to other services so you can get the professional, compassionate help you need
  • Referrals to support services for partners, children, parents, or friends who may also be affected

This is not a comprehensive list; we’re happy to talk further about what sort of support we can offer you.

Please contact Beverley Higgins, Your specialist LGBT ISVA for an appointment, informal discussion or referral on: 

Office Tel:  0121 643 0301 then press option 2      Email: isva@rsvporg.co.uk