Specialist Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)

A Specialist ISVA can support people involved in or exploited through the sex industry who have experienced rape or sexual assault.  We work with female, male, transgender from all aspects of the sex industry.

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. No judgement. We will be sensitive to your needs and move at your pace. It’s not about telling you what to do but helping you to make informed choices.

An ISVA is completely independent of all other agencies and our only interest is in supporting you. We can help 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, we can help you to identify and access other services you may need such as;

  • Health
  • Specialist Counselling
  • Legal Services
  • Housing/Benefits
  • Substance Misuse Services
  • Immigration Services
  • National Ugly Mugs (NUM)

We can report incidents to NUM.    

This scheme enables people in the sex industry 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.

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. Led by you.

Our Specialist ISVA service Covers:

  • Teeside 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

 

Myth: People involved in sex work can’t be raped – it’s just an occupational hazard.

Fact: Sex workers can be raped, the same as everybody else. Consent still matters when a sexual exchange is arranged. Conditional consent is agreeing to one thing but not everything, if no consent is given, it’s still rape. If sex is agreed with a condom and that condom is removed, consent is removed, this is rape. People involved in sex work still have choice.