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Rape and Sexual Violence Service

RAPE OR SEXUAL ASSAULT – has it happened to you?

Talk to someone; it can help

 

“I didn’t know what to say, I stayed silent for years, I looked for someone to tell. When I did, I felt a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I was not alone. Sharing my experience with people who understand has been difficult, challenging and hard work. But most of all it has been the most liberating experience of my life.”

We are a skilled and experienced provider of support and counselling services to both male and female survivors of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse across the Black Country.

A team of Independent Sexual violence Advisers and specialist Sexual Violence Counsellors are on hand to listen, care and support survivors.  All services available are delivered at your pace, when you are ready.

Black Country Rape and Sexual Violence Service staff will always believe you.  What has happened to you is not your fault.  No-one ever asks to be raped or sexually assaulted: the blame always lies with the abuser.

The following range of services is available:

 

For the survivor

We support survivors both inside of and outside of the criminal justice system.  Whether or not you choose to report to the police, we can offer:

  • One to one emotional and practical support
  • Access to an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA)
  • Counselling
  • Advocacy, ensuring that your views, opinions, wishes and feelings are respected and listened to by all agencies and people involved
  • Culturally sensitive services, we respect equality and diversity and are sensitive to the needs of the LGBTT and BME communities
  • Access to interpreting service
  • Support through the legal process working within the criminal justice system including police, crown prosecution service, witness care and courts
  • Support to complete the Criminal Injuries Compensation award

 

For the Partner, Relative or Friend

  • One to one support: someone to talk to in confidence who will listen to you
  • Offering guidance on how to navigate difficult situations and emotions and how to access the best support for the survivor
  • Information to help you understand the impact and effects of rape and sexual violence
  • Explanations and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of agencies who may be involved in supporting the survivor
  • Support for both vulnerable and or intimidated witnesses Survivors or those supporting them will not be forced or pressured to do or say anything that they do not want to

 

Young People

Sandwell Rape and Sexual Violence Service also employs a specialist Young Person's Independent Sexual Violence Adviser who will offer support and advice to any survivors 17 and younger. Our young Persons ISVA works in schools, children centres and other youth centres and can offer support and guidance to professionals working with young people.

All services are confidential and follow professional codes of practice.  SWA are independent of any other agency, this includes statutory (Councils, police, courts etc.) and voluntary services.

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