If you are lesbian, gay, bi, trans* and have ever experienced rape, sexual assault or sexual abuse at any point in your life, our specialist LGBT ISVAs (Independent Sexual Violence Advocates) delivered from RSVP and within Birmingham LGBT too are here to help.
(*Including but not exclusive list- non binary, non cis, gender queer, MSM, androgynous, intersex, pansexual…)
We can support you by:
– Ensuring your individual views, opinions, wishes and needs are understood, respected, listened to and met by all the agencies supporting you.
– Offering crisis support, or answering any question, worry or concern you might have which relates to the sexual abuse you’ve experienced.
– Giving you information if you’re unsure of whether you want to report to the police or not.
– Offering emotional and practical help if you have already reported to ensure you understand and receive your legal rights and entitlements, e.g. special measures in court where you give evidence from behind a screen or via a video link.
– Offering compassionate support to the people who are supporting you, your partner, family and friends, so that they can better support you.
– Arranging appointments, referring you, or possibly going with you, to other support services, such as Umbrella sexual health services, domestic abuse support, and other health appointments e.g. hospital, doctors, dentists, opticians.
– Informing you of other options you might have such as Civil Action, Criminal Injuries, Compensation Award, self-reporting, and anonymous reporting.
To contact the LGBT ISVA service (run in partnership with Umbrella Sexual Health Services) speak to Bev Higgins or Mark Sisterson via:
Tel: 0121 643 0301 option 2
Mob: 07535 172 052 (Bev) and 07983 555 598 (Mark)
For more information on our LGBT Advocacy service, see Bev’s recent blog post here.