Support for victims of sexual crime
Ensuring victims receive the right support at an early stage is crucial to them in having the strength to pursue a case through each part of the criminal justice system. The Police and Crime Commissioner provides funding to provide a number of vital local services across the policing area to ensure essential support is available for victims of crime and the vulnerable. Victims have the right to support at an any stage, no matter how long ago the incident occurred and whether they have reported to the police.
Victim Care Service
The Victim Care Service provides confidential emotional and practical support for anyone impacted by any crime and includes specialist sexual crime case workers who are able to provide an enhanced support.
Independent Sexual Violence Advocate Service
Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) specialise in supporting people who have suffered any unwanted sexual experience, regardless of when the incident happened, or characteristics such as gender or sexuality.
ISVAs provide support and information through the criminal justice process:
- Information on the criminal justice process – providing support before, during and after any criminal and civil court proceedings
- Giving information on health services and attending appointments if desired.
- Helping the victim to think about their safety and what can be done to improve it.
- Listening and providing emotional support.
A recent successful bid by the Police and Crime Commissioner to the Ministry of Justice is providing additional funding to add much needed capacity to the ISVA service.
How to access ISVAs:
Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton – Yellow Door provide emotional and therapeutic support to children, young people, adults and families affected by the psychological impact of rape and sexual abuse. Yellow Door provide ISVA support across Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton.
The Hampton Trust
Isle of Wight – The Hampton Trust delivers pioneering community interventions for families experiencing domestic abuse and visionary rehabilitation programmes for individuals in the criminal justice system. The Hampton Trust provide ISVA support for the Isle of Wight.
Frankie Worker Service
This service provides a dedicated counselling service for victims of child sexual abuse from the age of 0 to 18 years. The Frankie Workers service is inspired by Frankie, an adult survivor of child sexual abuse who is now in her early 20s. Frankie says she was not offered trauma support and was eventually sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Frankie believes that had her trauma been dealt with, she would have coped and recovered better.
How to access Frankie Workers:
The Frankie Worker service is available to children aged 0-18 years.
The Hampshire Frankie Workers are provided by No Limits, and they work closely with Hampshire County Council’s children’s services. Referrals to the Frankie Workers are made through Hampshire County Council’s Willow Team.
The Isle of Wight Frankie Workers is provided by children’s charity Barnardo’s and accept self-referrals. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a referral form.
The Frankie Worker Service in Portsmouth is provided in partnership with Portsmouth City Council and Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service (PARCS).
Sexual Crime Therapeutic Support
Therapeutic support (counselling) for victims of sexual crime is available across the Hampshire Constabulary policing area including trauma informed counselling for victims and survivors of sexual crime including rape, sexual abuse, assault or violence, of any age and gender whose experience occurred at any time of their lives. Individuals may access counselling support from two providers, YOU Trust (Solent) and Community First (RASAC).
How to access the therapeutic support:
Isle of Wight, South East and South West Hampshire – The You Trust offers specialist facilitated peer support groups and specialist one to one counselling for victims across the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Central and North Hampshire – Community First – Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (RASAC) offers specialist facilitated peer support groups and specialist one to one counselling in Hampshire for victims of sexual abuse.
Aurora New Dawn
Aurora New Dawn provide an Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker – ISAC: Stalking Advocacy linked to the Hampshire Stalking Clinic and to the wider National Multi Agency Stalking Interventions Programme with the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, Metropolitan Police and Cheshire Constabulary.
They are also funded by the PCC to provide a Digital Media Investigations Advocate – DMI Advocate: advocacy to support vulnerable victims of cyber crime including sextortion, revenge porn and romance fraud.
Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service
Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling Service, also known as PARCS, provide a specialist Trauma Counsellor. This project delivers up to 18 sessions of specialist trauma counselling to young people, aged 11+, who have experienced any type of inter-personal related trauma.
In addition, they are funded by the PCC to provide a Children’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocate. This project provides specialist advocacy support throughout the Criminal Justice System to children aged 5-12 years old, who have experienced sexual abuse.
Yellow Door (Solent)
As mentioned above, Yellow Door provide a Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) (11 – 18) for Western Hampshire and Winchester. The ISVA will provide, information, advocacy and practical/emotional support as detailed above to Western Hampshire and Winchester Young People (male and female) aged 11 – 18 following any experience of rape, sexual assault or sexual exploitation.
Yellow Door also provide Sexual Abuse Therapeutic Services for Southampton and Western Hampshire. They provide emotional and therapeutic support to children, young people, adults and families affected by the psychological impact of rape and sexual abuse.
Stop Domestic Abuse
Stop Domestic Abuse in Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant, this organisation provides Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Support. They work with young people who are experiencing/have experienced/are affected by Child Sexual Exploitation.
CIS’ters provide a counselling service for women who were victims/survivors of historical sexual abuse by a member of their family/extended family. They provide an Emotional Resilience Processes programme.