Help available for victims of sexual violence

Following the Jimmy Saville case making the news, more and more people, men and women of all ages and backgrounds, are coming forward to seek support in recovering from rape or sexual abuse.  People are daring to come forward now to report, seek advice and speak about what happened to them instead of living in fear and shame about the event. SV2, which stands for Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence, provide support for all victims, both men and women, over the age of 14.  You do not have to report to the police to get support but we can help you to report if that is what you want.

 

If you have just been assaulted and you need to be examined for evidence you will be brought to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre in either Ripley or Manchester.  During the examination you will be supported by one of our Crisis Workers who will explain everything to you.  If you are not sure about reporting the assault to the police we can still arrange the examination and hold on to the evidence until you make up your mind.

If your assault was in the past, even if it is the distant past, we can still help.  For all of our clients we can provide advocacy and support helping you to access other services if you need them.  We also provide support through the investigation and during the court appearance ensuring that you understand what is going on and looking after your interests as best we can.  This support is provided by one of our Independent Sexual Violence Advocates who will support you for as long as you need including after the court case.

SV2 also has specialist counsellors who are trained to help you recover from your trauma if it has impacted on your health and wellbeing.  Our counsellors as well as being specially trained are highly experienced with a track record of success.

There are many myths and misunderstandings about sexual violence.  It is rare to be assaulted by a stranger.  Recent government research established that “Around 90% of victims of the most serious sexual offences in the previous year knew their perpetrator.”

We understand why sexual violence is under reported.  We know that it can be a very difficult decision.  We know that many victims are embarrassed and blame themselves.  Please be assured that you can talk to SV2 without having to report to the police and we can help you understand how you are feeling about yourself.

SV2 operates an advice line 24 hours a day for all victims, their families and professionals such as GPs who need advice of information about what to do next.  Providing accurate and supportive information allowing someone to make an informed decision about what is best for them can really help a person regain control of their life.

If you want to talk to us ring 01773 746115, anytime of the day and there will be someone to listen to you.

A quote from Derbyshire County Councillor Ellie Wilcox

“We would like to reassure the public that there are services available to support victims of sexual violence.  Supporting Victims of Sexual Abuse (SV2) provides a range of service for victims and also manage the Sexual Assault Referral Centre which is jointly funded by Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council, the Police and NHS England.  Derbyshire Police also fund facilities for Derbyshire victims of sexual violence at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre, St Marys Hospital, Manchester”.




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