Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) and Independent Domestic & Sexual Violence Advisors (IDSVA)


Cumbria has a number Independent Sexual Violence Advisors, based with Victim Support and commissioned by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

ISVA's provide specialised support to victims of sexual violence, prioritising high risk victims. Their main responsibilities include; advice and support: providing non-therapeutic support to victims at the point of crisis and beyond, along with other types of practical help and advice; Where required, giving information and assistance and support through the criminal justice process; Multi-agency partnership working on behalf of the victim: liaising with partner agencies in a multi-agency context. 

For confidential information or advice or to make a referral contact.

Local Victim Care Team in Cumbria on Tel: 0300 303 0157.

Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am-7pm.

If you need support outside of our open hours, call our Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111


The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has in partnership with North Cumbria and Morecambe Bay Health Trusts introduced 2 new Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisors to the North and South Hospitals for a period of 3 years.

They are based with the Safeguarding Teams with the Hospital Trusts and will provide specialised support to victims of domestic and sexual violence when admitted to hospital; they will offer practical help and advice and initiate safeguarding procedures where required.


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