Advocacy Counselling Helpline


Our Advocacy service supports survivors (16+) to access information and services including supporting survivors through the criminal justice system.

“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



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.

To self-refer: if you would like to access SARSVL’s Advocacy service, please complete our online self-referral form, or download this referral form that you can complete and email in to advocacy@sarsvl.org.uk.

To refer on behalf of a woman you are working with: please read our guidance and complete an online referral form here.


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.

The staff who work for our Advocacy service are called ISVAs, which stands for Independent Sexual Violence Advocate. If you’d like to know more about what they do, read our guide to a day in the life of an ISVA!

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.

Call our helpline free on
0808 802 3344

Your call should be answered immediately during our helpline opening times, unless we’re on another call. If we’re closed or on another call you can leave us a message and we’ll call you back.