These advocates are the primary point of contact for the victim, usually working with them from the point of crisis, assessing risk, discussing options and developing safety plans. IDVAs can support clients in court and may also assisst them with housing and other immediate safety needs.
Independent Sexual Violence Advisors, (ISVAs), support clients who have experienced forms of sexual violence. They don't pressure clients into reporting an offence, and help them understand the processes of the criminal justice system and forensic examination.
ISVA services are usually provided by specialist agencies and are often linked to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre, (SARC).