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The Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA)

The ISVA service is currently funded by the Home Office and The Three Guineas Trust to support victims/survivors of sexual violence with learning disabilities through the judicial process, whether or not the case goes to court, whether a recent or historic assault.

The Role of ISVA

The aim of the specialist ISVA service at Respond is to support victims and their families/carers through the judicial process as comfortable as possible by

Keeping them informed every step of the way

Making sure they understand what is happening at all times

Making sure they are safe a helping them to stay safe in the future

Advocating on their behalf

The ISVA works closely with all agencies involved with the client, bringing in other agencies where it is deemed necessary for the wellbeing of the client.

The Respond ISVA service supports both adults and young people across all London Boroughs.

The Referral Process

Referrals for the service come mainly from the Police, The Haens (Sexual Assault Referral Centres) in Camberwell, Whitechapel and Paddington, Learning Disability Partnerships, and by self referral.

If you want to make a referral either email or call our ISVA on 0207 380 8257 or email


The ISVA service also offers training for frontline staff whose clients with learning disabilities have experienced trauma.  Below are some of the course that the ISVA service runs:

SOIT/police (ISVA awarness/development days)

Schools/Colleges (safety awareness for pupils/students)

Medical Professionals (Learning disability and sexual assault)

ISVAs (learning disability awareness training)

In addition to these sessions we are able to provide individually tailored programmes to meet your needs.

To download our ISVA leaflet, click here