“For all the problems I had and all the places I have been seen, here was the place where I was treated the best. The level of support is excellent. I have benefited enormously and I am still benefiting.” – SARSVL Advocacy Service User
Our Advocacy Service has recently re-opened our referrals. For information on how to refer yourself or a woman you are working with, please see below.
This service is for women and girls aged 16+.
If you wish to consider reporting to the police, please see our guidance here.
You can download a pack about our Advocacy Service here (as a PDF) if it is safe for you do so, and to read at your own pace. We understand that there is a lot of information to take in which is the purpose of this pack.
What is SARSVL’s Advocacy Service?
Advocacy is about helping people to access information and services, to be involved in decisions about their lives, and to explore their views and wishes. It assists people in exploring choices and options, defending their rights and speaking out about issues that matter to them, to regain or maintain power and control over their own lives.
We are an independent service working with women aged 16 and 0ver who have been affected by rape or sexual violence at any time in their live, and who are either considering making a report of rape or sexual violence to the Police, or have already made a report.
We aim to offer advocacy support in a number of areas, that our work with survivors tells us are often areas of need after an experience of sexual violence. Advocacy is not limited to these areas, and we will work with survivors to identify where and how advocacy could best support them.
For updates about SARSVL’s operations during the Coronavirus pandemic, please refer to this article that will be updated regularly to keep our service users and partners updated about our service delivery during this time.