SARCs and ISVAs

Sexual Assault Referral Centres and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Services

Contact us by telephone: 01685 379 310
Email us: enquiries@newpathways.org.uk
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Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs)

Everyone is able to access support from one of our Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs), even if you self-referred to our SARC, or if your experience of sexual violence happened more than 10 days ago.

Find out more about what an ISVA does in the video below:

We are open to everyone, of all ages, genders, social backgrounds, ethnic backgrounds, religions and beliefs, disabilities and sexual orientations.

Some people are not aware that sexual violence services can support men or non-binary people, but our services are for everyone.

If you are a male or non-binary victim of rape, sexual assault or sexual abuse you can access exactly the same level of service and support from New Pathways and we would encourage you to speak to us.

What does an ISVA do?
How do I access ISVA support?
What support can ISVAs offer?
Can ISVAs provide counselling?
What are specialist ISVAs?
What happens after court, or if it does not go to court?

Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs)

A SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) is a centre where you can get immediate help and support.

Our SARCs are completely focussed on you and what you want and need. You might be concerned about telling someone about what happened to you because you don’t want to get the police involved, or because you don’t know what your options or rights are. Our services are confidential, and will listen and we will believe you, and there is never any pressure to report to the police.

You can find out more about what a SARC is and the support you will receive in the videos below:

What happens if I go to a SARC?
Do I need to make a Police report?
Can anyone access the SARC?
How do I access a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)?
Forensic Medical Examination
Police Interview

SARC and ISVA Service Testimonials

“With the help of New Pathways I can lift up my head and say, it’s not my fault, I am a total survivor”.
The support of my ISVA has been amazing and she made me feel “normal again”. I do not feel I would have able to go through this without her”.
The ISVA supporting me helped me to make informed decisions and allowed the time and space to respond when I was ready”.
You have been the only consistence person who has supported me throughout the past year. I really do not know how I would have managed without your regular phone calls”.
I really can’t thank you enough for all of your support. I initially avoided all contact, I am so glad you kept trying”.
“I think the support was perfect; just what I needed when I needed it”.
“The Crisis Worker was so kind and patient with me and explained everything so that I could decide what I wanted to do. She really seemed to care, and nothing was too much trouble. She did an amazing job and made me feel less frightened”.
“The ISVA supporting me helped me to make informed decisions and allowed the time and space to respond when I was ready”.

If you have been affected by sexual violence, we are here for you.

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