An ARCHWay ISVA can support people involved in or exploited through the sex industry who have experienced rape or sexual assault. We are a fully inclusive service and as such work with anyone aged 18 and over.
We’re here to listen.
We can support you whether the assault was recent or historic, no matter who the perpetrator was; punter or otherwise. We are here to support you whether you want to report to the police or not.
We understand that there may be barriers to coming forward and talking about your experiences, but we can offer a discreet, safe space to do so without judgement. We will be sensitive to your needs and move at your pace. It’s not about telling you what to do but supporting you to make informed choices.
An ISVA is completely independent of all other agencies and our only interest is in supporting you. We can talk through your options, helping you to decide if you want to report to the police or not. If you choose to do this, we can support you with each stage of the Criminal Justice process. We will work with the various agencies on your behalf, to make sure you have all the relevant information about your case and ensure that your voice and opinion is heard.
You don’t have to report to the police if you don’t want to, the decision is entirely up to you, if you choose not to we can still help you to identify and access other services you may need such as;
- Health Support
- National Ugly Mugs (NUM)
- Immigration Services
- Substance Misuse Services
- Legal Services
- Counselling Support
We can report incidents to National Ugly Mugs (NUM).
This scheme enables people involved in sex work to anonymously report crimes against them, either through projects that specifically work within their area (such as the ISVA) or independently. This can then be shared with other sex workers or projects that support them, to help spread the word about abusive punters/clients and keep people safer.
We can also help you to join NUM so that as well as reporting yourself; you can also receive discreet alerts to your mobile phone/email about any potentially dangerous individuals. This is completely anonymous. Only your mobile phone number is needed which can never be shared with anyone without your consent.
No pressure, No judgement and Led by you – the ARCHWay project covers:
- Teesside area: available to people living in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool & Redcar
- Tyne & Wear is available to people living in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and North Tyneside
Please visit our Contact Us page to make enquiry
Rape Crisis England and Wales (RCEW) is the National Umbrella organisation for specialist rape crisis centres. The National Service Standards (NSS) are provide a quality assurance framework that enables services to demonstrate how their services are provided within professional frameworks that prioritise safety, governance, empowerment and continuous improvement.