The ISVA team (Independent Sexual Violence Advisors) at Survivors’ Network provide signposting and practical advocacy support for people who have experienced sexual violence and are thinking about reporting to the police, or who have an open police investigation, or who have concerns about a case that has previously been reported to the police.
The service is run by ISVAs and includes one specialist Children’s ISVA who works with children aged 13 and under, and their families/carers. We offer support to access appropriate services and help to understand your rights, either in the immediate aftermath, or years after surviving sexual violence or abuse.
Our ISVAs offer support on a range of issues relating to sexual offences such as reporting to the police, support through the legal process, housing, accessing follow up health support, liaising with work or college, or accessing therapeutic support. We can also help you with Third Party Anonymous Reporting if you do not feel ready to complete a full police report at this time.
We are independent from the police and social services. We will not tell you what to do and we offer a confidential service. There are some exceptions and these are outlined in our confidentiality policy. Your ISVA will make sure you understand these and answer any questions you might have before you start work together.
For professionals seeking to refer someone to the ISVA service, please call the office on 01273 203380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Solar Clinic
SOLAR @ SHAC East (formerly The Claude Nicol) offers a confidential, non-judgemental service dedicated to men and women who have experienced sexual assault both recently and historically. The Solar Clinic offers booked appointments on Tuesday mornings from 09.30 offering support, advice, STI testing and medical treatment as necessary.
Solar works closely alongside The Saturn Centre in Crawley who offer forensic medical examinations; although Solar cannot offer this service we can support you to attend The Saturn Centre for these investigations if applicable. We have links with Brighton based Survivors Network and Mankind, organisations offering on-going support and advocacy post sexual assault. ISVAs from Survivors’ Network are present for the SOLAR sessions.
Individuals are welcome to attend SHAC services for support at other times of the week if Tuesday mornings are not convenient.
Those who disclose sexual assault are fast tracked through the clinic and are treated with respect and dignity. To book an appointment for The Solar Clinic or for more information please call The Health Advisers on 01273 523388 (opt 2) Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm and 2pm – 4:30pm.