Monday, 30 March 2015

Change Is Coming

 
The past few weeks have been difficult. Health issues have been plaguing me and I always feel as if the world is wrong during the winter.

I have not really said much about myself on this blog for a long time. Not because I had something to hide or nothing to say, I just felt that I was less important than my subject matter. I have used my story in order to bring reality to the pain of abuse, to show that healing is more than possible, to try and encourage others to speak out.

I have also shared music, song and inspiration from other writers. I ripped myself open so that you could see what was inside, I exposed my pscyche but kept some doors shut. Some will open over time others will remain for my viewing only. Such is the nature of needing some privacy.

I realised this week that I have been unkind to myself. I have not been allowing myself to truly live and experience the joys and treasures that life holds. I doubted my worthiness for a long time. I have "real life" problems to work through, health issues to put right and big decisions to make.

Being bluntly honest with myself I realised that I have never lived for me. I was the boy for all tastes that became a man for all seasons. I lived in such a way that I thought was expected of me and frequently demanded of me.

Enough! This is my life and I intend to make some major changes and life decisions.

I have forgotten to apply the advice that I give to others, to my own situation.

My confidence shattered when I lost my businesses, other events kicked me in the stomach. I became a recluse, hiding from the light of life.

My own needs became at best secondary to those of others. The saying springs to mind - "I'm as good as you, as bad as I am" or something similar.

This blog is becoming a ramble, but it comes from the heart. Mine is a bit of a mess so it's no wonder really. I am far from perfect. I am like an old battered suitcase. I have character though and am not the evil fiend that some have painted me for revealing my past. I need to work on my self confidence, on my shyness and on my fear of the unknown.

Unless I take a risk I will never know. So take a risk I shall.  I have to do it on my own terms and at my own pace.

I am still working on the book that I am co-authoring with a survivor/therapist from Canada. We hope to break boundaries in the field of self help for child abuse survivors. On Facebook I am running a peer to peer support group for sexual violence survivors. It is going well
and I have help from three amazing admins.

Everything else I thought I was working towards has been cast onto the rubbish heap of life.

Change is most certainly coming. It excites as much as it terrifies me.

I feel as if abuse has followed me my entire life. Maybe I thought that I was only good enough for abusive situations.

No more.

Thank you for reading. 

Like a wave of stinging bees
a vast maw spews forth
its delivery of denigration,
staccato sticks and stones
hurled with venomous vigor
in machine gun frenzy
the leaden poison bullets
hitting the heart hard
jerking the soul strings
wearing thin with insult,
acidity dripping and dissolving
corroding their committment
polarisation pulsing into view
building walls ever higher
cemented by hatred
surely it is not meant?
where is the committment,
the shining example?
replaced by petty point-scoring
and manifestations malignant
boiling in intensity fermented
showering ears with barbed comment
eyes roll and look for deliverance
ever stalled like praise
a poised viper waiting
to spring with pent-up
bitterness an addicition always
everyone else wrong, always
an excuse for adrenaline fix
of abuse, a tirade of blame
heaped like so much shit
on their shoulders, broadened
by years of this manic seque
the mind of a seeming madman
being called forthly all too often
channelling its primal negativity
pounding, pounding, demanding
submission the only solution
that is unless you leave
I am glad I am leaving
 

The Dragons Of Light #poetry #hope



As the last dragon clung to her lonely rock,
She knew all she had left was a tick on her clock.

For the land was in turmoil, they said she was to blame,
So they sent forth a soldier to put out her flame.

Now blood poured forth from the gash in her side,
Flowing into the sea to go out with the tide.

She opened her maws and let out a wail,
Her eyes filled with pain as she heaved her great tail.

She knew it was time, she knew she would die,
So she spewed out her eggs into sea and to sky.

They floated around for a thousand years,
They floated in pain, they floated in tears.

They drifted around in mankind's grime,
They drifted around until it was time.

To awaken us all from the fear we'd begun,
To the knowledge within us, the light we'd become.

And now they are moving and pulsing inside,
Inside our hearts and inside our minds.

Emerging in thoughts and in dreams in the night,
The dragons within us, the dragons of light.

 

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Blue Hearted Melancholy #poetry



A single heart,
Blue and alone,
Sitting always,
On it's own.

Crying and torn,
Waiting in sorrow,
So melancholy,
For a better tomorrow.

Without another,
It's broken in two,
Wondering forever,
Will it find love that's true.

Tears escape,
Dreams shattered,
Not special enough,
Nothing else mattered.

Chances blown,
For together, forever,
Not meant to be?
Yeah right, whatever!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Characteristics Observed in Male Survivors

 

 

Denial of Vulnerability

Difficulty recognizing that what happened was sexual abuse. High need for control in interactions with others. May appear stubborn and rigid for control in interactions with others and frequently engage in power struggles, or seem passive, codependent and conforming. Both are protection from feelings of vulnerability.

Confusion Regarding Sexual Orientation

Orientation is exhibited in many ways. Some men claim heterosexuality but are sexual with other men. Some homosexual men question their orientation and wonder how they might be different had they not been abused. Other men may not engage in any sexual behaviors with males or females and are unable to determine their sexual orientation.

Confusion of Emotional Needs With Sex

Needs for nurturance may be identified as sexual. Many needs may have been met through the sexual abuse and sex continues to be viewed as the only way to be cared for. Real relationships with other men and women are often seen as threatening and sexual behavior may actually be one of the few ways to relate superficially and still have some needs met. Societal norms encourage men to equate sexual prowess with personal value and discourage direct expression of emotional needs. Some men become "Don Juans" or give the impression they are "superstuds" as a way of proving to themselves and the world that they are not gay or weak because of their victimization histories.

Gender Shame

Confusion and anxiety regarding masculine identity. Extremely uncomfortable around other men. Does not like to be touched by men and often avoids situations where he may be seen unclothed. Because he does not feel part of the group, he is often isolated with few male friends. Shame is especially powerful regarding feelings about masculinity. "Real men" don't get abused, they can protect themselves. Internalized male models are shaming or nonexistent. May exhibit more feminine characteristics as an attempt to separate from negative masculine image or to avoid identifying with the male abuser.

Multiple Compulsive Behaviors

Sex, food, chemicals and work are examples of common compulsive behaviors used to satisfy an internal drive to continually push oneself to avoid feeling pain and to meet dependency needs but is not productive or helpful.

Physical and Emotional Symptoms

Hypertension and frequent chest pains. Recurring dreams or nightmares of being chased or attacked, choked or stabbed. Difficulty urinating in public restrooms. Depression and anxiety.

Pattern of Victimizing Self or Others

Most victims do not become offenders. Many dysfunctional behaviors may be seen as an attempt to feel more powerful, punish oneself or numb the unwanted feelings connected with the abuse. This may involve passive-aggressive behaviors or subtle put-downs. Some men, act out by exposing, obscene phone calling or voyeuristic activities. Anger toward self can involve suicide attempts or putting oneself in a high risk situations which could lead to injury or death without actually attempting suicide. Victim may react to a current situation as if it were similar to the childhood abuse experience. Victim feels powerless and cannot see the current situation for what it is. Coping mechanisms mimic survival means used during childhood. May actually become involved in abusive relationships as an adult that are in many ways similar to the childhood sexual abuse experience.

Boundary Transparency

Unrealistic fear that others can see their failures and vulnerability. They fear they can do nothing to protect themselves. This inability to protect self and feeling unsafe can result in difficulty establishing even minimal trust. Other reactions include anxiety, rage and withdrawal. May have a history of boundary intrusions other than sexual abuse, especially physical and emotional abuse.

Chaotic Relationships

Many difficulties around intimacy, autonomy (self-sufficiency) and commitment to a relationship. Extreme and intense swings in needs for closeness and distance with others. The need to be cared for and have dependency needs met is in conflict with fear of vulnerability and re-victimization. This behavior repeats the victim-perpetrator experience with the partner when that person alternately becomes a perpetrator and a protector.

Poorly Defined Sense of Self

Self protection has resulted in submersion of self with little internal locus of control. Behaviors are similar to codependency. Importance placed on attempts to avoid feelings of confusion and vulnerability.

The Body Remembers #childabuse #survivors



What are body memories?

Your body, believe it or not, remembers everything. Sounds, smells, touches, tastes. But the memory is not held in your mind, locked somewhere in the recesses of your brain. Instead, it’s held in your body, all the way down at the cellular level. Ever notice how, on a stage full of professional dancers, everyone still moves in their own way? That’s because our cells store memories – information – about our experiences, habits, sensations, everything. We are all unique and it’s in our bodies – our skin, muscles, tendons, nerves – which we actively participate through our day to day experiences; good ones and bad.

Sometimes, the memories that our body stores are not always memories that we consciously, as the survivor, remember. You may have been too young to remember. You may have blacked out. For whatever reason, you don’t know what your body knows. As Renee Fredrickson, Ph.D. says in A Journey to Recovery from Sexual Abuse, “The traumatic and the trivial are the two kinds of information your mind represses.”

Yet, your body remembers.

Your body may tense up, protecting you. “I don’t like that,” it says. “I remember that touch, sound, smell…and I don’t want it.” However, for a survivor of sexual abuse that has overcome and healed from the abuse, you may think you’ve done all the work to be done. You’ve healed. You’ve moved on.

Yet, your body remembers.

Respect that. Respect that memory, no matter what form it comes in. The trauma wasn’t just emotional. It was experienced on a cellular level. Respect that. There’s stored memories there. Don’t turn your back on it thinking it’s crazy. Nuts. Healing comes from accepting and being, open, honest. Transparent. There’s a hurt and you need to acknowledge it. Only then, can the healing begin.

Body memories are involuntary.

Body memories can take a long time to heal, most likely because they are the last memories to be addressed. To be respected. To be listened to. I mean, really. My body remembers, at a cellular level? What is this, the Science Fiction channel? ”When the body remembers the traumatic incident at a different time from when the mind remembers the incident, it can feel very crazy making,” says Discussing Dissociation’s Kathy Broady, LCSW.

Remember, memories, flashbacks, in all their forms, are our body’s way of getting our attention. If we don’t accept, honor, and deal with them, no matter how crazy they may seem or feel, they will return again and again. Why? Because you need to heal. Your body lived through the same experience. If you are dealing with body memories, your body is telling you, “It’s time we heal this. Together.”

Healing Body Memories.

Think about it this way. Your body and you, although one in the same, are two separate beings with two separate set of memories. Some intertwine, some are exactly the same. After all, you’re you! Yet, there are some areas of grey. Some aspects of your life’s experiences that your body remembers and your mind was too young to understand it, strong emotions deny it or your mind didn’t consciously experience it at all.

Therefore, you’ll have to approach this from an ‘outsider’ perspective – speak to yourself as someone somewhat separate from yourself. Like you, as a counselor or a friend, speaking to you, your body. “Okay, body,” you might say. “We need to talk.”

And you can do this anywhere, of course. You don’t have to be all zenned out, seated on a mountain top with upturned palms. Although, if that works for you, go for it. Wherever you find peace, peace that you can feel within you, that’s where you can open this conversation. You might be out hiking, inside reading a book on the couch, laying out on a beach under the sun. Wherever you find your cool, peaceful, quietness, this is where you can speak to yourself – your body.

Start by reminding yourself – your body – about the most important fact: “We survived. It’s over. It won’t happen again.” You can do this all in your head or you can say it out loud. Either way, the message will be sent. Just visualize who/what you are speaking to. Your body.

After you feel the message of, “we’ve already survived,” being accepted, tell your body, “We want to thrive now. We are in control. We want to live now, free of this trauma.” Keep sending this message to your body, all the while reaffirm that you – all of you – is okay. Only in safety, can we feel free to move on.

Now, what about when you’re actually having a body memory moment? Well, ask yourself this, are you ready to accept it? Honor it? Deal with it? If so, do this visualization-conversation with your body while you are having a body memory.

Note: You’ll have to be more forceful, yet still compassionate, to get your message through. Your body is having a flashback, living through a memory, whatever that may be. It doesn’t consciously know it’s over. That’s where you come in.

You need to talk it through the flashback – the body memory. Tell your body it’s okay. “You’re okay.” Say it out loud. “You’ve already survived this. It’s over. We are in control now. We survived.” Be stern, yet understanding. “We are going to make it. We are going to thrive!”
Be confident. Be positive. Be understanding.

This is you you’re talking to, remember!!

So, go for it. Heal yourself. All of you. Open the conversation, the willingness to accept that, yes, your body knows something. And it needs to heal.

Source

Friday, 27 March 2015

"Time's Up!": Self Care and Healing for Advocates...

"Time's Up!": Self Care and Healing for Advocates...: By Anny Jacoby Everyday advocates at rape crisis centers, domestic violence agencies and independents in the field see and h...

Thursday, 19 March 2015

INDEPENDENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE ADVISORS (ISVAS) UK

INDEPENDENT SEXUAL VIOLENCE ADVISORS (ISVAS)

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs)

Many specialist support agencies (including a considerable number of TST member agencies) offer an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service to victims of rape and sexual assault. The Independent Sexual Violence Advisor role was commissioned by Baroness Stern through the Home Office Violent Crime Unit in 2005.
An Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) is trained to look after your needs, and to ensure that you receive care and understanding. They will help you understand how the criminal justice process works, and will explain things to you, such as what will happen if you report to the police, and the importance of forensic DNA retrieval.
An ISVA is there to provide you with information only, and you are not expected to report any offence to the police.

ISVAs AND ADVOCACY WORKERS IN ENGLAND

AREA: BEDFORDSHIRE

Contact Name: Carolyn Compston, ISVA based at The Emerald Centre (SARC), Bedfordshire
Email: admin.emeraldcentre@nhs.net
Client Group: Survivors from 13 years oldArea Covered: Bedfordshire CountyWebsite: www.emeraldcentre.org
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Contact Name: Christine Hussain, ISVA based at The Emerald Centre (SARC), Bedfordshire
Email: admin.emeraldcentre@nhs.net
Client Group: Survivors from 13 years oldArea Covered: Bedfordshire CountyWebsite: www.emeraldcentre.org

AREA: BERKSHIRE

Contact Name: Bernadette Heron, ISVA based at Solace Centre, Slough
Telephone: 0845 519 7638
Email: Bernadette.heron@harmoni.co.uk
Client group(s): All Self Referrals, Police Referrals for young people from 10 years oldArea Covered: Thames Valley (South)Website: www.solacesarc.org.uk

AREA: BRISTOL

Contact Name: Debbie Naylor, ISVA, based at Next Link, Bristol
Contact Name: Helen Whittle, ISVA, based at Next Link, Bristol
Telephone: 0117 925 0680
Email: debbie.naylor@nextlinkhousing.co.uk
Area covered: The whole of the Avon & Somerset Constabulary Area.

AREA: BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Contact Name: The ISVA at Aylesbury Vale Rape Crisis
Telephone: 01296 392468
Email: advocacy@avrc.org.uk
Website: www.avrc.org.uk
Client Group: The ISVA covers Aylesbury Vale and works with women over 16.

AREA: CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Contact Name: Heather Birch, ISVA based at Oasis Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Peterborough
Telephone: 0845 089 6262
Email: Heather.birch@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
Client Group: clients of all ages including children
Website: www.oasiscentre.org/team

AREA: CHESHIRE AND MERSEYSIDE

Contact Name: Jeanette Sephton, ISVA based at Cheshire and Merseyside RASASC
Telephone: 01512 187 860Email: jeanette@rapecentre.org.uk
Area covered: Merseyside and Knowsley (including Huyton, Halewood, Kirkby, Whiston and Prescot)
Client Group: Male and females over 13 years and family members
Website: www.rapecentre.org.uk
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Contact Name: Charlotte Smith, ISVA based at Cheshire and Merseyside RASASCTelephone: 01744 877 987Email: charlotte@rapecentre.org.ukArea Covered: Merseyside, St Helens and WirralClient Group: Male and females over 13 years and family memberWebsite: www.rapecentre.org.uk
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Contact Name: Carole O’Toole, ISVA based at Cheshire and Merseyside RASASC
Telephone: 01260 697 900Email: carol@rapecentre.org.ukArea Covered: Cheshire, Crewe, Congleton and KnutsfordClient Group: Male and females over 13 years and family membersWebsite: www.rapecentre.org.uk

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Contact Name: Lisa Puntin, ISVA based at Cheshire and Merseyside RASASC
Telephone: 01244 907 710Email: lisa@rapecentre.org.uk
Area Covered: Cheshire, Northwich, Winsford, Macclesfield and Runcorn
Client Group: Male and females over 13 years and family members
Website: www.rapecentre.org
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Contact Name: Carolyn Glancy, ISVA based at Cheshire and Merseyside RASASC
Telephone: 01244 907 710Email: carolyn@rapecentre.org.uk
Area Covered: Cheshire and Ellesmere Port
Client Group: Male and females over 13 years and family members
Website: www.rapecentre.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Tracey Green, ISVA based at Cheshire and Merseyside RASASC 
Telephone:  01925 221 546Email: tracey@rapecentre.org.uk
Area Covered: Cheshire and Warrington
Client Group: Male and females over 13 years and family membersWebsite: www.rapecentre.org.uk

AREA: CLEVELAND

Contact Name: Helen Danks, ISVA based at Foundation, Redcar
Telephone: 0300 456 2214
Email: Helen.Danks@foundationuk.org
Area Covered: Redcar, Cleveland
Client Group: Women and girls over 12 years who have experienced sexual violence either historically or recently
Website: www.foundationuk.org

AREA: CORNWALL

Contact Name: ISVA based at Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, BodminHelpline Number: 01208 77099
Admin Telephone: 01208 76466
Email: admin@wrsac.org.uk
Area Covered: Mid and East Cornwall
Client Group: WRSAC works only with women

AREA: CUMBRIA

Contact Name: Susanna Phillips, ISVA based at Carlisle Victim Support
Telephone: 01228 558312
Mobile: 07432 593623
Email: susanna.phillips@victimsupport.org.uk
Area Covered: Cumbria
Client Group: Female and male survivors aged 16+
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Contact Name: Rebecca Todd, ISVA based at West Cumbria Rape Crisis
Helpline: 01900 829729Office: 01900 826601Mobile: 07899078303Email: isva@westcumbriarapecrisis.co.uk
Area Covered: CumbriaClient Group: Female and male survivors aged 12+Website: www.westcumbriarapecrisis.co.uk

AREA: DERBYSHIRE

Contact Name: Anja Robinson, ISVA based at SV2 – Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence (DerbyTelephone Number: 01773 746115 (24 hour helpline) or 07964 543669Email: anja@drconline.org.uk
Area Covered: Boroughs of Erewash and Amber ValleyClient Group: Female and male survivors aged 14+ 
Website: www.sv2.org.uk
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Contact Name: Jude Bingle, ISVA based at SV2 – Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence (Derby)
Email: judith@drconline.org.uk (alternatively help@sv2.org.uk or info@sv2.org.uk)
Telephone Number: 01773 746115 (24 hour helpline)
Website: www.sv2.org.uk
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Contact Name: Ruth Berta, ISVA based at SV2 – Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence (Derby)
Email: ruth@drconline.org.uk (alternatively help@sv2.org.uk or info@sv2.org.uk)
Telephone Number: 01773 746115 (24 hour helpline)Website: www.sv2.org.uk
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Contact Name: Sallie Brown, ISVA based at SV2 – Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence (Derby)
Email: sallie@drconline.org.uk (alternatively help@sv2.org.uk or info@sv2.org.uk)
Telephone Number: 01773 746115 (24 hour helpline)
Website: www.sv2.org.uk
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Contact Name: Sharon Jackson, Independent Sexual Violence Adviser based at Safe and Sound, Derby
Telephone: 01332 362120
Website: www.safeandsoundderby.co.uk
Email: sharon.jackson@safeandsoundderby.co.uk
Client Group: Sharon works with female or male children and young people in the Derby city area

AREA: DEVON

Contact Name: Becky Kat, ISVA based at Twelve’s Company, Plymouth SARC
Telephone: 01752 220400 or 07825 003570
Email: becky@twelvescompany.co.uk
Client Group: Female and male survivors aged 6+
Area Covered: Plymouth
Website: www.twelvescompany.co.uk
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Contact Name: Debbie Gibbins, ISVA based at Twelve’s Company, Plymouth SARC
Telephone: 01752 220400
Email: debbie@twelvescompany.co.uk
Client Group: Female and male survivors – young survivors and adults
Area Covered: Plymouth
Website: www.sarcplymouth.co.uk

AREA: DORSET

Contact Name: ISVA based at Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre
Area Covered: Dorset
Telephone: 07902 504588
Email: sb.isva1@dorsetrapecrisis.org

AREA: ESSEX

Contact Name: Rebekah Brant, ISVA based at SERICC
Area Covered: Thurrock, Basildon, Brentwood, Billericay, Wickford
Telephone: 01375 380609
Email: sericc@sericc.org.uk
Website: www.sericc.org.uk
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Contact Name: Sonia Watts, ISVA based at Victim Support Ingatestone
Area Covered: Essex
Telephone: 01277 357563 or 07722 464875
Email: sonia.watts@victimsupport.org.uk
Website: www.victimsupport.org.uk
Client Group: Male and female victims of rape and sexual assault, aged 13 years and over
***
Contact Name: Charlotte Harris, ISVA based at Victim Support Essex
Area Covered: Essex
Telephone: 01277 357563Mobile: 07722 464 874
Email: charlotte.harris@victimsupport.org.uk
Website: www.victimsupport.org.ukClient Group: Male and female victims of rape and sexual assault, aged 13 years and over
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Contact Name: Cara Newbury, Young Persons ISVA based at Victim Support Essex
Area Covered: Essex
Telephone: 01277 357563
Mobile: 07507 847706
Email: cara.newbury@victimsupport.org.uk
Website: www.victimsupport.org.ukClient Group: Male and female victims of rape and sexual assault, aged 13 to 17 years old

AREA: GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Contact Name: Beverly Ellis, ISVA based at Hope House SARC, Gloucester
Telephone: 01452 754390
Email: Beverly.ellis@gloucestershire.pnn.police.co.uk
Website: www.gloucestershirepolice.co.uk

AREA: HAMPSHIRE

Contact Name: Sarah Jane Morris, ISVA based at RASAC WinchesterTelephone: 07585 330 721
Email: admin.isva@waca.org.ukClient Group: Male and female survivors aged 18+
Area Covered: Hampshire, excluding Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight
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Contact Name: Rose McEwing, ISVA based at RASAC WinchesterTelephone: 07825 812 749
Email: admin.isva@waca.org.ukClient Group: Male and female survivors aged 18+
Area Covered: Hampshire, excluding Southampton, Portsmouth and Isle of Wight

AREA: HAMPSHIRE – PORTSMOUTH

Contact Name: Sue Ward, ISVA based at the Early Intervention Project, Portsmouth
Telephone number: 02392 370166
Email: sue.ward@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
Client Group: Male or female victims aged 16+ of recent or historic sexual assault or rapeArea Covered: Central PortsmouthWebsite: www.saferportsmouth.org.uk/priorities/…/early-intervention-project
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Contact Name: Kim Nisbet, Young Persons Worker and ISVA based at the Treetops Centre, Portsmouth
Telephone: 02392 210352
Email: kim.nisbet@solent.nhs.uk
Client Group: Aged 13-18 years (up to 24 if vulnerable)
Area Covered: Hampshire (including Portsmouth) and the Isle of Wight
Website: www.treetopscentre.co.uk
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Contact Name: Penny Valentine – ISVA at Aurora New Dawn Ltd
Telephone number: 02392 479254
Email: penny@aurorand.org.uk
Area covered: Portsmouth area PO1 – PO6
Client Group: Female and male survivors aged 16+Website: www.aurorand.org.uk 

AREA: HAMPSHIRE – SOUTHAMPTON

Contact Name: Tracey Stovold, ISVA based at Southampton Rape Crisis Centre
Telephone: 023 80 636312
Email: info@sotonrc.org.uk
Client Group: Males and females from the age of 12 upwards
Area Covered: Central Southampton
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Contact Name: April White, based at Southampton Rape Crisis Centre
Telephone: 023 80 636312
Email: info@sotonrc.org.uk
Client Group: Children and survivors aged 18+Area CoveredCentral Southampton
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Contact Name: Felicity Rix, ISVA based at Southampton Rape Crisis Centre
Telephone: 023 80 636312
Email: info@sotonrc.org.uk
Client Group: Males and females from the age of 12 upwards
Area Covered: Central Southampton

AREA: HERTFORDSHIRE

Contact Name: Sian Scarborough, ISVA based at Hemel Hempstead Sunflower
Telephone: 01442 270679
Email: sian.scarborough@herts.pnn.police.uk
Client Group: Male and female survivors aged 16 years and over
Area Covered: Dacorum, Watford, Three Rivers, Hertsmere, Welwyn & Hatfield and St Albans areas of Hertfordshire
Website: www.hertssunflower.org.uk

AREA: KENT (NORTH WEST) AND MEDWAY

Family Matters ISVA Service
Telephone: 01474 536661
Email: isva@familymattersuk.orgClient Group: Survivors of all ages Website: www.familymattersuk.org/Independent-Sexual-Violence-Advisor.aspx

AREA: LANCASHIRE

Contact Name: Rachel Anderson, ISVA based at ACT/SHIVER Renaissance at Drugline Lancashire
Telephone: 01253 311431
Email: randerson@druglinelancs.co.uk
Client Group: Individuals affected by rape or sexual violence
Area Covered: Blackpool and Fylde
Website: www.druglinelancs.co.uk
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Contact Name: Sarah Littlechild, ISVA based at Preston Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
Telephone: 01772 201501
Email: sarah.littlechild@pdvs.org.uk
Client Group: Children and adults
Area Covered: Preston

AREA: LEICESTERSHIRE

Contact Name: Mandy Coupland, ISVA based at Women’s Aid Leicestershire
Telephone: 0116 242 6440 or 0116 242 6448
Email: Amanda.coupland@wallaction.org.uk
Client Group: Female and male survivors aged 16+
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Contact Name: Lynda Yorke, ISVA based at Jasmine House, Leicester Rape Crisis
Telephone: 0116 255 8852
Email: l.yorke@jasminehouse.org.uk
Client Group: Female survivors aged 16 years and above
Area Covered: Leicestershire
Website: www.jasminehouse.org.uk
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Contact Name: Satinder Kaur, Children and Young Persons ISVA based at Free from Violence and Abuse (FreeVA)Telephone: 0300 333 6533Email: satinder@freeva.org.uk
Client Group: Male and Female survivors aged 13-18 years oldArea Covered: Leicester, Leicestershire and RutlandWebsite: www.freeva.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Nicki Dhillon, ISVA based at Free from Violence and Abuse (FreeVA)Telephone: 0116 255 0003Email: nicki@freeva.org.uk
Client Group: Male and Female survivorsArea Covered: Leicester CityWebsite:www.freeva.org.uk

AREA: LINCOLNSHIRE (NORTH EAST)

Contact Name: Kirsty Hodges, ISVA based at Grimsby and Scunthorpe Rape Crisis Limited
Telephone: 01724 841947
Email: kirsty.hodges@itsmyright.co.uk
Website: www.itsmyright.co.uk
Client Group: Female and male survivors over the age of 18

AREA: LINCOLNSHIRE (NORTH WEST)

Contact Name: Julia Wilson, ISVA based at Grimsby and Scunthorpe Rape Crisis Limited
Telephone: 01724 841947
Email: itsmyrightisva1@btconnect.com
Website: www.itsmyright.co.uk
Client Group: Female and male survivors over the age of 18

AREA: LONDON – CENTRAL

Contact Name: Sukhmeet Sawhey, Young Persons’ Worker at The Haven, Paddington
Telephone: 0203 312 1101
Email: sukhmeet.sawhney@imperial.nhs.uk
Area Covered: West London
Client Group: Young people aged between 13-18
Website: www.thehavens.co.uk
***
Contact Name: Liz Willows, ISVA based at The Haven, Paddington
Telephone: 0203 312 1101  / 0771 751 2136
Email: liz.willows@nhs.uk
Area Covered: London boroughs: Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster
Client Group: People who have experienced sexual violence within the last 12 monthsSpecialist Area of Work: People with mental health problems aged 18+Website: www.thehavens.co.uk
***
Contact Name: Jacqueline Vannard, ISVA based at Open Doors, Community Health Services, Homorton University Hospital, NHS, St Leonards, Nuttal Street, London N1 5LZ
Telephone: 07852 918 404
Email: jacqueline.vennard@chpct.nhs.uk
Area Covered: London boroughs of City, Hackney, Tower Hamlets & Newham.
Client Group: Sex Workers, individuals working in the sex industry
***
Contact Name: Rina Mehta, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor based at Women and Girls Network
Telephone: 020 8567 7347
Email: rina@wgn.org.uk
Area Covered: Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham
Client Group: Women and girls aged 14 years +
Website: www.wgn.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Deborah Lyttelton, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor based at Respond
Telephone: 020 7380 8256
Email: isva@respond.org.uk
Area Covered: Inner London
Client Group: People with learning disabilities
Website: www.respond.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Annie Rose, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor based at Respond
Telephone: 020 7380 8257
Area covered: Inner London
Email: isva@respond.org.uk
Client Group: People with learning disabilities
Website: www.respond.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Lynne Tooze, ISVA based at Eaves  and Refuge’s Gaia Centre, LambethTelephone: 07725 204681Email: Lynne.tooze@eavesforwomen.org.ukArea covered: LambethClient Group: Women and girls aged 13+

AREA: LONDON (SOUTH)

Contact Name: Rebecca Hitchen, ISVA at RASASC Rape Crisis South London
Telephone: 0208 683 3311
Email: ISVA@rasasc.org.uk
Client Group: Women and girls aged 14+
Area covered: South London boroughs
Website: www.rasasc.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Linda Popely, ISVA based at Victim Support, South London SE1
Telephone: 0207 277 1433
Email: linda.popely@vslondon.org

AREA: MERSEYSIDE

Contact Name: Vicky Green, ISVA based at RASA Merseyside Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre
Telephone: 0151 6500155 or 07501490253
Email: isva@rasamerseyside.org
Client Group: Female and male survivors
***
Contact Name: Lorraine Wood, ISVA based at RASA Merseyside Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre
Telephone: 07760 764421
Email: rasasouthport@btconnect.com
Areas Covered: Sefton
Client Group: Female and male survivors

AREA: MERSEYSIDE (LIVERPOOL)

Contact Name:  Independent Sexual Violence Adviser: Specialist ISVA working only with sex workers, based at Armistead Street
Telephone: 0151 227 1893
Email: michelle.stoops@armistead.nwest.nhs.uk
Area covered: Merseyside
Website: www.armisteadcentre.co.uk

AREA: NORFOLK

Contact Name: Charlotte Bond, ISVA based at the Harbour Centre, Norwich
Mobile: 07554 886 188
Email: bondc1@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
Area covered: NorfolkClient Group: Female and male survivors from 13 years old
Website: www.theharbourcentre.co.uk
***
Contact Name: Donna Aves, ISVA based at the Harbour Centre, Norwich
Telephone: 01603 276381
Email: avesd@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
Area Covered: Norfolk
Website: www.theharbourcentre.co.uk

AREA: NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Contact Name: Kay Diment, ISVA at Serenity Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Northampton
Telephone: 01604 745005Helpline: 01604 601713
Email: kay.diment@nhft.nhs.uk
Client Group: Females and males from 15 years upwards, and non offending parents/guardiansArea Covered: Northamptonshire
***
Contact Name: Gillian O’Leary, ISVA at Serenity Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Northampton
Telephone: 01604 745005Helpline: 01604 601713
Email: gillian.o’leary@nhft.nhs.uk
Client Group: Females and males from 15 years upwardsArea Covered: Northamptonshire
***
Contact Name: Camilla Perkins, Children and Young Persons ISVA at Serenity Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Northampton
Telephone: 01604 745005Helpline: 01604 601713
Email: camilla.perkins@nhft.nhs.uk
Client Group: Females and males from 8-18 years and non offending carers for children 0-8 yearsArea Covered: Northamptonshire

AREA: NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Contact Name:  ISVA service based at the Topaz Centre (Nottingham Sexual Assault Referral Centre)
Telephone: 08456 001588
Email: support@topazcentre.org.uk
Area covered: Nottinghamshire

AREA: SHROPSHIRE AND TELFORD

Contact Name: ISVA based at Axis Counselling, Shrewsbury
Telephone: 01743 243007
Email: isva@axiscounselling.org.uk
Area covered: Shropshire 
Client Group: Women, men and children aged from 11 years who have experienced sexual violence/abuse either recently or in the past
Website: www.axiscounselling.org.uk
***
Contact Name: ISVA based at Axis Counselling, Telford
Telephone: 01952 586790
Email: isva@axiscounselling.org.uk
Area Covered: Telford and Wrekin
Client Group: Women, men and young people aged 11 upwards  who have experienced sexual violence/abuse either recently or in the past
Website: www.axiscounselling.org.uk

AREA: STAFFORDSHIRE

Contact Name: Kay Glover, ISVA and Services Manager at SAVANA
Telephone: 01782 221005
Email: kay.glover@savana.org.uk
Area Covered: Staffordshire
Client Group: Anyone affected by rape or sexual abuse
Website: www.savana.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Tracy Bond, ISVA at SAVANA
Telephone: 01782 221005
Email: tracy.bond@savana.org
Area Covered: Staffordshire
Client Group: Anyone affected by rape or sexual abuse
Website: www.savana.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Caroline Warner, ISVA at SAVANA
Telephone: 01782 221005
Email: caroline.warner@savana.org
Area Covered: Staffordshire
Client Group: Anyone affected by rape or sexual abuse
Website: www.savana.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Jo Leech, ISVA at SAVANA
Telephone: 01782 221005
Email: jo.leech@savana.org
Area Covered: Staffordshire
Client Group: Anyone affected by rape or sexual abuse
Website: www.savana.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Harprit Mehat, ISVA based at Pathway Project, Tamworth
Telephone: 0870 2700 123 (Staffordshire Women’s Aid 24 hour helpline)
Email: harprit_pathway@hotmail.co.uk
Area Covered: Tamworth, Lichfield, Burntwood
Client Group: Women or men from the age of 16 that have experienced sexual abuse, whether it is historial or current.
Website: www.pathway-project.co.uk

AREA: SUFFOLK

Contact Name: Clare Shiel, ISVA based at The Ferns, Ipswich
Telephone: 0300 123 50 58
Email: clare.shiel@suffolk.pnn.police.ukClient Group: Female and male survivors aged 13+
Area Covered: West Suffolk
Website: www.theferns-suffolk.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Amanda Hazell, ISVA based at The Ferns, Ipswich
Telephone: 0300 123 50 58
Email: amanda.hazell@suffolk.pnn.police.uk
Client Group: Female and male survivors aged 13+
Area Covered: Suffolk
Website: www.theferns-suffolk.org.uk

AREA: SURREY

Contact Name: Susan Cowan, ISVA based at RASASC Guildford
Telephone: 07412 222249
Email: isva@rasasc-guildford.org
Area Covered: The whole of Surrey
Client Group: Anyone affected by rape or sexual abuse
Website:  www.rasasc.org
***
Contact Name: Jacki Smith, ISVA based at RASASC Guildford
Telephone: 07860 921278
Email: isva@rasasc-guildford.org
Area Covered: The whole of Surrey
Client Group: Anyone affected by rape or sexual abuse
Website:  www.rasasc.org
***
Contact Name: Sally Rocks (Roxy), ISVA based at RASASC Guildford
Telephone: 07860 921281
Email: isva@rasasc-guildford.org
Area Covered: The whole of Surrey
Client Group: Anyone affected by rape or sexual abuse
Website:  www.rasasc.org
***
Contact Name: Sally Hutton, ISVA based at RASASC GuildfordTelephone: 07740 107538
Email: isva@rasasc-guildford.org
Area Covered: The whole of Surrey
Client Group: Anyone affected by rape or sexual abuse
Website:  www.rasasc.org

AREA: SUSSEX

Contact Name: Gemma Wadsworth, ISVA based at the Saturn Centre SARC, Crawley
Telephone: 01293 600300 ext 3768
Email: gemma@worthservices.org
Client Group: Female and male survivors from 14 years upwards
Website: www.saturncentre.org
***
Contact Name: Jenny Pickup, ISVA in Brighton, Hove and East Sussex (Survivors Network)
Telephone: 01273 203380 ext 103
Email: jennypickup@survivorsnetwork.org.uk
Area Covered: Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Shoreham
Client Group: Men and women over 14 years old
Website: www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Emma Coughlan, ISVA in Brighton, Hove and East Sussex(Survivors Network)
Telephone: 01273 203380 ext 103
Email: emmacoughlan@survivorsnetwork.org.uk
Area Covered: Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Shoreham
Client Group: Men and women over 14 years old
Website: www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Lucy Levens, ISVA in Brighton, Hove and East Sussex (Survivors Network)
Telephone: 01273 203380 ext 103
Email: lucylevens@survivorsnetwork.org.uk
Area Covered: Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Shoreham
Client Group: Men and women over 14 years old
Website: www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Helen Race, ISVA in Brighton, Hove and East Sussex (Survivors Network)
Telephone: 01273 203380 ext 103
Email: helenrace@survivorsnetwork.org.uk
Area Covered: Brighton, Hove, Portslade, Shoreham
Client Group: Men and women over 14 years old
Website: www.survivorsnetwork.org.uk

AREA: TEESIDE – MIDDLESBROUGH

Contact Name: Jacki Fieldhouse, ISVA based at Arch North EastTelephone: 01642 822335
Email: isva@archnortheast.orgArea Covered: Teeside (Middlesborough, Stockton, Hartlepool male & female clients – Redcar & East Cleveland male clients only)
Client Group: Female and male survivors from 14 years upwardsWebsitewww.archnortheast.org 
***
Contact Name: Cathryn Todd, Children’s and Young Person’s ISVA based at Barnardo’s Tees Valley (Bridgeway/ SECOS projects)
Telephone: 01642 300774 / 819743
Email: cathryn.todd@barnardos.org.uk
Area covered: Middlesbrough, Stockton on Tees, Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland
Client Group: Children and young people under 18 years
***
Contact Name: Cheryl Nunn, ISVA based at Helen Britton House, Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Middlesbrough
Telephone: 01642 516888
Email: cheryl.nunn@nhs.net
Area Covered: Teesside 
Client Group: Males and females from 13 years old
Website: www.helenbrittonhouse.co.uk
Any specialist areas of work: Adult victims who are or have been perpetrators

AREA: TEESIDE – SOUTH

Contact Name: Gina Sullivan, ISVA based at Eva Womens AidTelephone: 01642 490677Mobile: 07967577927Email: gina@eva.org.ukArea Covered: Redcar & Cleveland
***
Contact Name: Allison Jackson, ISVA based at Eva Womens AidTelephone01642 490677Mobile07530710588Emailallison@eva.org.ukArea CoveredRedcar & Cleveland 

AREA: TYNE AND WEAR

Contact Name: Beth Butler, ISVA based at Victim Support, Newcastle 
Telephone: 0191 2813791 x 214/ 01912 954 958
Email: beth.butler@victimsupport.org.uk
Area Covered: Newcastle upon Tyne
Client Group: Any survivor aged 14 years and above in the Newcastle area
***
Contact Name: Vera Lee, ISVA based at Victim Support, Newcastle
Telephone: 0191 2813791 x 214/ 01912 954 958
Email: vera.lee@victimsupport.org.uk
Area Covered: Newcastle upon Tyne
Client Group: Any survivor aged 14 years and above in the Newcastle area
***
Contact Name: Fiona Thompson, ISVA based at Reach Centre, Newcastle
Telephone: 0191 2219222/07771977481
Email: fiona.thompson.9878@northumbria.pnn.police.uk
Area Covered: Sunderland, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland
Client Group: Survivors of any ages
***
Contact Name: Lynne Lucy, ISVA based at Reach Centre, Newcastle
Telephone: 0191 2219222
Email: lynne.lucy.9402@northumbria.pnn.police.uk
Area Covered: Sunderland, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland
Client Group: Survivors of any ages

AREA: WILTSHIRE

Contact Name: Jan Ryan, New Swindon Sanctuary SARC, Swindon, Wiltshire.
Telephone: 01793 507956Mobile: 07771 552 131Email: Jan.Ryan@wiltshire.pnn.police.ukArea Covered: The whole of Wiltshire which includes SwindonClient Group: All client groups and children from 13 years upwards.Website: www.newswindonsanctuary.co.uk

AREA: WARWICKSHIRE

Contact Name: Colin Walker, ISVA based at Safeline, Warwick
Telephone: 01926 408315
Email: ColinW@safeline.org.uk
Area Covered: WarwickshireClient Group: Female and male survivors of all ages
Website: www.safelinewarwick.co.uk
***
Contact Name: Melissa Horrocks, ISVA based at Safeline, Warwick
Telephone: 01926 402498 Freephone Helpline: 0300 123 2028
Email: MelissaH@safeline.org.uk
Area Covered:  Warwickshire
Client Group: Female and male survivors of all ages
Website: www.safeline.co.uk
***
Contact Name: Simone Newman at RoSA (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Services) Rugby
Telephone: 01788 551150Email: Snewman.rosa@btconnect.com
Area Covered: Warwickshire for all client groups; Coventry for male survivors
Client Group: Female and male survivors from 13 years upwards
Website: www.rosasupport.org
***
Contact Name: Hilary Lidgard at RoSA (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Services) Rugby
Telephone: 01788 513115Email: hlidgard.rosa@btconnect.com
Area Covered: Warwickshire for all client groups; Coventry for male survivors
Client Group: Female and male survivors from 13 years upwards
Website: www.rosasupport.org

AREA: WEST MIDLANDS – BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL

Contact Name: Yvonne Langham, ISVA based at RSVP, Birmingham
Telephone: 0121 200 1695
Email: rsvpwm.info@gmail.comArea Covered: Birmingham and Solihull
Client Group: Females and males from aged 13 years upwardsWebsite: www.rsvporg.co.uk
***
Contact Name: Lisa Monks, ISVA based at RSVP, BirminghamTelephone: 0121 200 1695Email: rsvpwm.info@gmail.comArea Covered: Birmingham and SolihullClient Group: Females and males from aged 13 years upwardsWebsite: www.rsvporg.co.uk
***
Contact Name: Margaretta Vauls Children’s ISVA based at RSVP, BirminghamTelephone: 0121 200 1695Email: rsvpwm.info@gmail.comArea Covered: Birmingham and SolihullClient Group: Child survivors (girls and boys) from aged 5 years upwards and their families tooWebsite: www.rsvporg.co.uk
***
Contact Name: Vicky Bardsley Children’s ISVA based at RSVP, BirminghamTelephone: 0121 200 1695Email: rsvpwm.info@gmail.comArea Covered: Birmingham and SolihullClient Group: Child survivors (girls and boys) from aged 5 years upwards and their families tooWebsite: www.rsvporg.co.uk

AREA: WEST MIDLANDS – COVENTRY

Contact Name: Dawn Thompson, ISVA based at Coventry RASAC
Telephone: 02476 277772
Email: isva@crasac.org.uk
Area Covered: Coventry and some surrounding areas, depending on circumstances
Client Group: Women, men and children over the age of 11 years.
***
Contact Name: Lucy Hayton, ISVA based at Coventry RASAC
Telephone: 02476 277772
Email: isva@crasac.org.uk
Area Covered: Coventry and some surrounding areas, depending on circumstances
Client Group: Women, men and children over the age of 11 years.
***
Contact Name: Dawn Gilder, ISVA based at Coventry RASAC
Telephone: 02476 277772
Email: isva@crasac.org.uk
Area Covered: Coventry and some surrounding areas, depending on circumstances
Client Group: Women, men and children over the age of 11 years.
***
Contact Name: Janine Webb, ISVA based at Coventry RASAC
Telephone: 02476 277772
Email: isva@crasac.org.uk
Area Covered: Coventry and some surrounding areas, depending on circumstances
Client Group: Women, men and children over the age of 11 years.
***
Contact Name: Kirsty Davenport, ISVA based at Coventry RASAC
Telephone: 02476 277772
Email: isva@crasac.org.uk
Area Covered: Coventry and some surrounding areas, depending on circumstances
Client Group: Women, men and children over the age of 11 years.
***
Contact Name: Francesca Adams, ISVA/Client Support Practitioner based at The Terrance Higgins Trust (SWISH)
Telephone: 02476 229292
Email: Francesca.adams@tht.org.uk
Area Covered: Coventry and Warwickshire
Client Group: Sex workers; LGBT communities
Website: www.tht.org.uk

AREA: WEST MIDLANDS – SANDWELL AND DUDLEY

Contact Name: Michelle Haywood, ISVA based at Sandwell Womens Aid
Telephone: 07790 893933
Email: michelleh@sandwellwomensaid.co.uk
Area Covered: Dudley
***
Contact Name: Sarah Dannatt, ISVA based at Sandwell Womens Aid
Telephone: 07852 361344Mobile: 07790893935
Email: sarahd@sandwellwomensaid.co.uk
Area covered: Sandwell
***
Contact Name: Ailish Gallagher, ISVA based at Sandwell Womens Aid
Telephone: 07852 361344Mobile: 07971934345
Email: ailish@sandwellwomensaid.co.uk
Area Covered: Wolverhampton

AREA: WEST MIDLANDS – WALSALL

Contact Name: Laura Pearce, ISVA based at Crisis Point, WalsallTelephone: 01922 476153 Ext 6014
Email:  pearcel@crisispoint.org.uk
Area Covered: Walsall, Wolverhampton and part of Staffordshire
Client Group: Women, men and children from the age of 5
Website:  www.crisispoint.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Margaret Cresswell, ISVA based at Crisis Point, WalsallTelephone: 01922 476153 Ext 6014
Email:  cresswellm@crisispoint.org.uk
Area Covered: Walsall, Wolverhampton and part of Staffordshire
Client Group: Women, men and children from the age of 5
Website:  www.crisispoint.org.uk

AREA: WORCESTERSHIRE

Contact Name:  ISVA service based at WMRSASC
Telephone: 01905 611655
Email: isva@wmrsasc.org.uk
Area Covered: Herefordshire and Worcestershire
Website: www.wmrsasc.org.uk
Client Group: Women, Men and children over the age of 11 who have experienced recent or historical rape or any type of sexual violence.
***
Contact Name:  ISVA service based at WMRSASC
Telephone: 01905 611655
Email:isva@wmrsasc.org.uk
Area Covered: Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Telford
Website: www.wmrsasc.org.uk
Client Group: Women over the age of 16 who have experienced recent or historical rape or any type of sexual violence.
***
Contact Name:  ISVA service based at WMRSASC
Telephone: 01905 611655
Email: isva@wmrsasc.org.uk
Area Covered: Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Telford
Website: www.wmrsasc.org.uk
Client Group: Women over the age of 16 who have experienced recent or historical rape or any type of sexual violence.
***
Contact Name: Judith Vickress, ISVA based at HRSASC, Hereford
Telephone: 01432 266551
Email: isva.wrsasc@btconnect.com
Area Covered: Herefordshire
Website: www.hrsasc.org.uk
Client Group: Women over the age of 16 who have experienced recent or historical rape or any type of sexual violence.

AREA: YORKSHIRE (NORTH) – REDCAR & CLEVELAND

Contact Name: Gina Sullivan, ISVA based at Eva Womens AidTelephone: 01642 490677Mobile: 07967577927Email: gina@eva.org.ukArea Covered: Redcar & Cleveland
***
Contact Name: Allison Jackson, ISVA based at Eva Womens AidTelephone01642 490677Mobile07530710588Emailallison@eva.org.ukArea CoveredRedcar & Cleveland 

AREA: YORKSHIRE (WEST) – BRADFORD

Contact Name: Sandy, ISVA based at Bradford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service
Telephone: 01274 308270
Email: info@brcg.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Jo Sharp, ISVA based at Bradford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service
Telephone: 01274 723896
Email: info@brcg.org.uk

AREA: YORKSHIRE (WEST) – KIRKLEES

Contact Name: Bernadette McCaffery, ISVA based at Kirklees Survivors Counselling Project
Telephone: 01484 540730
Email: anything@krasacc.co.uk
Website: www.krasacc.co.uk
***
Contact Name: Jaswere Kaur, (currently on Maternity Leave) ISVA based at Kirklees Survivors Counselling Project
Telephone: 01484 540730
Email: jaswere.kaur@krasacc.co.uk
Area covered: Kirklees
Website: www.krasacc.co.uk

AREA: YORKSHIRE (SOUTH) – BARNSLEY

Contact Name: Ruth O’Leary, ISVA at BSARCS (Barnsley Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Services)
Telephone: 01226 320140
Email: ruth.oleary@bsarcs.orgArea covered: Barnsley
Client Group: Male and female survivors over 18 years old
Website: www.bsarcs.org.uk

AREA: YORKSHIRE (SOUTH) – DONCASTER

Contact Name: Sarah Becket, Senior ISVA based at Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre
Telephone: 01302 341572
Email: sbeckett@drasacs.org.uk
Area Covered: Doncaster
Client Group: Male and female survivors of any age and their families
Website: www.drasacs.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Lynne Elliott, ISVA based at Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre
Telephone: 01302 341572
Email: lelliott@drasacs.org.uk
Area Covered: Doncaster
Client Group: Male and female survivors of any age and their families
Website: www.drasacs.org.uk
***
Contact Name: Karl Roberts, ISVA based at Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre
Telephone: 01302 341572
Email: kroberts@drasacs.org.uk
Area Covered: Doncaster
Client Group: Male and female survivors of any age
Website: www.drasacs.org.uk

AREA: YORKSHIRE (SOUTH) – ROTHERHAM

Contact Name: Tanya Wills, ISVA based at the ISIS, Rotherham General Hospital, Rotherham
Telephone: 01709 273326Mobile: 07785976119
Email: tanya.wills@rothgen.nhs.uk
Area Covered: Sheffield and Rotherham
Client Group: Female and male survivors from 16 years upwards
***
Contact Name: Matthew Flory, Children’s ISVA based at the ISVA (South Yorkshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre)
Telephone: 01709 427327
Mobile: 07919395154
Email: Matthew.flory@rothgen.nhs.ukWebsitewww.theisissouthyorkshire.co.ukClient Group: Children

AREA: YORKSHIRE (WEST) – LEEDS

Contact Name: Joan Coulton, Outreach Worker and ISVA based at Genesis, Leeds
Telephone: 07710 304 306
Email: joancoulton@btconnect.com
Area Covered: Leeds, West Yorkshire
Client Group: Sex working women over 18
Any specialist areas of work: Women who are, or have been, involved in sex workWebsite: genesisleeds.org

ISVAs AND ADVOCACY WORKERS IN WALES

AREA: CARMARTHEN, WEST WALES

Contact Name: Sioned, ISVA based at New Pathways Carmarthen SARC (Welsh speaking)
Telephone: 01267 235464
Email: sioned@newpathways.org.uk
Client Group: Adult female and male survivors of rape or sexual abuse
Website: www.newpathways.co.uk
***
Contact Name: Jill, ISVA based at New Pathways Carmarthen SARC (Welsh speaking)
Telephone: 01267 235464
Email: jill@newpathways.org.uk
Client Group: Adult female and male survivors of rape or sexual abuse
Website: www.newpathways.co.uk
***
Contact Name: Cheryl, ISVA and child therapist based at New Pathways Carmarthen SARC
Telephone: 01267 235464
Email: cheryl@newpathways.org.uk
Client Group: Cheryl works with children
Website: www.newpathways.co.uk

AREA: MERTHYR TYDFIL, SOUTH WALES

Contact Name: Lisa, ISVA based at New Pathways Merthyr Tydfil SARC
Telephone: 01695 379310
Email: lisa@newpathways.org.uk
Client Group: Adult female and male survivors of rape or sexual abuse
Website: www.newpathways.co.uk
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Contact Name: Tracey, ISVA based at New Pathways Merthyr Tydfil SARC
Telephone: 01695 379310
Email: tracey@newpathways.org.uk
Client Group: Adult female and male survivors of rape or sexual abuse
Website: www.newpathways.co.uk
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Contact Name: Amanda, ISVA based at New Pathways Merthyr Tydfil SARC
Telephone: 01695 379310
Email: amanda@newpathways.org.uk
Client Group: Amanda works with children
Website: www.newpathways.co.uk
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Contact Name: Isabel, ISVA based at New Pathways Merthyr Tydfil SARC
Telephone: 01695 379310
Email: isabel@newpathways.org.uk
Client Group: Isabel works with children
Website: www.newpathways.co.uk

AREA: SWANSEA, SOUTH WEST WALES

Contact Name: Sarah, ISVA at New Pathways Swansea SARC
Telephone: 01792 206885
Email: sarah@newpathways.org.uk
Area Covered: Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot area
Website: www.newpathways.co.uk
Client Group: Adult female and male survivors of rape or sexual abuse
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Contact Name: Lyndsey, ISVA at New Pathways Swansea SARC
Telephone: 01792 206885
Email: lyndsey@newpathways.org.uk
Area Covered: Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot area
Client Group: Male and female clients of all ages
Website: www.newpathways.co.uk
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Contact Name: Lisa Richards, ISVA at New Pathways Swansea SARC
Telephone: 01685 379310
Email: lisa@newpathways.org.uk
Area Covered: Carmarthen
Client Group: Female and male survivors
Website: www.newpathways.co.uk

AREA: RISCA, SOUTH WALES

Contact Name: Graham, ISVA at New Pathways Risca SARC
Telephone: 01495 233971/2
Email: graham@newpathways.org.uk
Area Covered: Gwent
Client Group: Female and male survivors of rape or sexual abuse
Website: www.newpathways.co.uk
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Contact Name: Tracey, ISVA at New Pathways Risca SARC
Telephone: 01495 233971/2
Email: tracey@newpathways.org.uk
Client Group: Female and male survivors of rape or sexual abuse
Website: www.newpathways.co.uk
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Contact Name: Pam, ISVA at New Pathways Risca SARC
Telephone: 01495 233971/2
Email: pam@newpathways.org.uk
Client Group: Children
Website: www.newpathways.co.uk
AREA: TORFAEN, SOUTH WALES
Contact Name: Sally Howells, ISVA at Torfaen Women’s AidTelephone: 01495 742052Mobile: 07970638710Email: sally.howells@torfaenwomensaid.org.uk / info@torfaenwomensaid.org.uk
Client Group: Female survivors from 13 years old
Website: www.torfaenwomensaid.org
AREA: CARDIFF, SOUTH WALES
Contact Name: Ceri Fowler, ISVA at Ynys Saff SARC, Cardiff
Telephone: 02920 335795 (SARC office) 02920 335178 (direct)
Email: cerian.fowler@wales.nhs.uk
Area covered: Cardiff and The Vale of Glamorgan
Client Group: Male and female survivors of all ages

AREA: NORTH WALES

Contact Name: Yvonne Raybone, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor at the Amethyst SARC, North Wales
Telephone: 07425629062/ Office 01492 805384
Email: yvonne@rasawales.org.uk
Area covered: Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham Borough
Website: www.rasawales.org.uk
Contact Name: Vicky Clough, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor at the Amethyst SARC, North Wales
Telephone: 07824538505 / Office 01492 805384
Area covered: Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham Borough
Website: www.rasawales.org.uk
Contact Name: Hannah Mart, Children and Young Persons Advocate at the Amethyst SARC, North Wales
Telephone: 07557319282 / Office 01492 805384
Area covered: Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham Borough
Website: www.rasawales.org.uk

ISVAs AND ADVOCACY WORKERS IN SCOTLAND

Contact Name: Laura McGee, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor at the Archway SARC, Glasgow
Telephone: 0141 211 8175
Email: laura.mcgee@ggc.nhs.scot.uk
Area covered: All of Stratchclyde area for Police cases and all of Scotland for referrals
Client Group: Adult women, men and adolescents (age 13-15)
Website: www.glasgowarchway.com

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