An ISVA offers confidential advice and support to both males and females who have been the victims of sexual violence. They will help you come to terms with what has happened and explain the options available to you. They can refer you to counselling, help to coordinate different agencies (such as sexual health, mental health, substance misuse and housing) and they will regularly liaise with the police for case updates (if you choose to report the sexual assault). The ISVA will only provide the support that you choose and it is your choice whether or not you report a crime to the police.
The ISVA service covers Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. There is also a dedicated Young Person's ISVA that works with children aged 0-19 covering the whole county.
Cambridge Rape Crisis telephone helpline number is 01223 245888. They are open Wednesdays & Thursdays 7pm-9.30pm, Saturdays 3-5.30pm and Sundays 10am-12.30pm. If you leave a message with your contact details on the answerphone outside of these times they will do our best to get back to you the next time the helpline is open. You can also email support @ cambridgerapecrisis.co.uk
Peterborough Rape Crisis Care can be contacted on 01733 852578 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Survivors’ Network and LGBT Switchboard are running a national helpline for trans, non-binary and questioning survivors of rape and sexual violence.
The helpline is open Sundays 1- 5pm on 01273 204050.