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The UK Home Office has published a definitive guidance paper outlining the role of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs).

The role, which was introduced in England and Wales in 2005, provides impartial advice and support for victims and survivors of sexual violence. The guidance paper, titled “The Role of the Independent Sexual Violence Advisor: Essential Elements”, clearly defines the role of the ISVA and sets our expectations’ and criteria for how those working as an ISVA can effectively work with partner agencies to provide effective support.

The Home Office worked closely with charities and experts to develop the guidance which is a must-read for anyone working in multi-agency teams or for those undertaking domestic abuse intervention work.

Speaking of the publication, Sarah Newton, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability said: “The support of Independent Sexual Violence Advisors provide is absolutely critical to the recovery of victims and survivors of abuse.

I welcome this guidance, which has been written in conjunction with experts and charities – those best placed to help outline the crucial role of ISVAs.

“We are ensuring practitioners have the guidance and training they need to provide high quality, evidence-based support and care to victims and survivors of sexual violence.”
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