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Synergy

independent sexual violence adviser services

Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) are trained to provide emotional and practical support to survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual assault who have reported to the police or are considering reporting to the police.

 

ISVAs will support you in a non-judgemental way to work with you to identify your needs and ensure that other agencies provide you with information.

 

The Essex ISVA service can help you with a range of things depending on your needs and what kind of support you would like. They can:

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

1. Contact us

 

You make a self-referral or an agency supporting you, such as the police, makes a referral on your behalf. This can be done by completing the online referral form, by phone 0300 003 7777 or by email support@synergyessex.org.uk.

2. First contact

 

We will contact you by phone or email. We aim to do this within two working days of receiving your referral. If the ISVA service seems the right service for you, we will aim to offer a meeting within ten working days.

3. Discussion

 

When you first meet with the ISVA, you can talk to them about your needs and what kind of support you would find helpful. We will also cover things like how to keep in touch with the ISVA, confidentiality and assessing any safety or risk.

4. Support begins

 

We will meet and communicate with you regularly, depending on how much support you feel you need. This can be in person or over the phone.

NOT SURE THE ISVA SERVICE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

 

GET IN TOUCH WITH THE FIRST CONTACT NAVIGATORS

0300 003 7777

Referral form support for yourself family or friends submit online

Referral form for organisations submit online

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