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BBC One on Wednesday 7th June


The Met: policing London 

Wednesday 7th at 9pm

Series 2 episode 3


This episode shows how the Met investigate the sexual assault of a woman with Down’s Syndrome.

If you are upset by this programme or if you are  in need of any support or advice, please email us at:


or phone us on 02073808257


We will do all we can to answer any questions and  listen to any concerns.  We support young people and adults who are living in London, however we will search for support for you, if  you are living outside of London.

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.