“This has made a huge impact, thank you, and it also brings a huge relief. I felt like I had some stand up for me like I felt deserved for a long time.” SARSVL Advocacy Service User.

SARSVL’s Advocacy Service can take referrals from agencies on behalf of women or women can self-refer. This guidance is aimed at informing agencies of the referral process, the service available and relevant information around key areas of SARSVL policy.

SARSVL’s Advocacy is a holistic service, working one-one with women over 18 in Leeds, who have been affected by sexual violence, whenever in their lives this has happened. We provide emotional support, alongside practical help, working to empower women to make choices, ensuring they know their rights and that their rights are upheld. Advocacy can work in various ways with women, providing information and support, attending meetings, representing their interests with other organisations and services, making referrals and signposting to other services. We are independent of any other services that women may be accessing.

For full details about referring a woman to our Advocacy Service, including a referral form, please click here.