ISVA Service

Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy (ISVA)

Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy  is available across South Yorkshire from a central referral hub, funded by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

What is an ISVA?

The service is available to adult females & males (ISVA) and children (CHISVA). The ISVA worker will give information to help a victim decide whether they want to report the incident(s) to the police. If they decide not to report the matter, they can still access the services. If a victim does decide to report the matter, the ISVA worker will help them through the whole process, including working with the police and the rest of the criminal justice system.

How can they help?

An ISVA advocates on behalf of someone who has been a victim of sexual violence. They represent the needs of the client & help them to access support and services from a range of statutory & non-statutory services such as:

Health Services
Housing Support
Benefits advice

They will advocate and support a client through reporting to the Police to Court including:

Liaising with the police, courts, Criminal Prosecution Service (CPS) and other public agencies
Keeping the victim informed of developments in the case
Advocating on victim’s behalf
Supporting victim before and during any court case

The referral process

The service is managed centrally by DRASACS and delivered locally in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield through:

Rotherham Abuse Counselling Service

Sheffield Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre

Barnsley Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Services
Doncaster Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service


You can refer someone into the ISVA service by completing the secure form at:

The service is managed centrally by DRASACS who can be contacted on:

Telephone : 01302 341572       e-mail:        website: