Young Women's Advocacy Service at SARSVL

Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL) has recently extended their Advocacy service to supporting 16 and 17 year olds.

SARSVL are pleased to have been granted necessary funding which has enabled us to extend our Advocacy Service to young women aged 16 and 17. Our qualified Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVAs) offer trauma-informed emotional support (please note that this is not counselling) in addition to support of a practical nature and liaison with the police, schools and colleges and other external support agencies as appropriate.

Women don’t need to have reported to the Police to access this service. We work with women to identify their support needs to ensure that a holistic support plan is in place, and we go at a pace that is right for them. Support is offered throughout the reporting process, and our ISVAs liaise with the police and other agencies on their behalf.  If the case gets to court, we also offer emotional support at the trial.  We have a range of resources for young women to take away to help them during this time too. For women who choose not to report to the police, we offer time-limited support of up to 3 months. Our ISVAs can be contacted via email – advocacy@sarsvl.org.uk or by phone 0113 200 2930.

Women who use our services report overwhelmingly that they value having a dedicated and specialist sexual violence support in a women-only safe space. We have two qualified Independent Sexual Violence Advocates in our service who are trained to work with young women.  

We accept self-referrals, as well as agency referrals into the service. For further information and to download a referral form, please visit our website: http://supportafterrapeleeds.org.uk/services/advocacy/.  

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