Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre offers free and confidential practical support and advice for survivors of sexual violence through its advocacy service.
This service is part of the Cambridge and Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership and comprises a countywide team of Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVAs) and Children and Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ChISVAs).
The ISVAs usually work with people aged 19 and over and the ChISVAs usually support survivors aged 18 and under.
ISVAs and ChISVAs are specialist support workers whose job is to provide assistance to individuals who have been the victims of sexual offences. The role was introduced in 2006 as part of a Home Office-led initiative to improve outcomes for victims of these crimes.
They offer practical and emotional support to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted, recently or in the past, and help you to access other available support services to address both short-term and long-term needs.
They can support you through the criminal justice system, providing information on what happens when you report to the police and assisting you to engage with these processes, if you would like. ISVAs and ChISVAs also help you to understand your rights, as well as access support for your emotional needs and help with safety planning.
You do not have to report to the police to get support from our advocacy service.
Our advocacy service supports anyone who lives in Cambridgeshire and has been subjected to any form of sexual violence; irrespective of age, gender, background or how long ago the abuse happened.
To receive support from our advocacy service, we need you to be referred to us. You can do this yourself (self-referral) or a professional can make the referral on your behalf and with your permission (professional referral). The referral process is an online form which you can find on this page.
Once we receive your referral, our Countywide Duty ISVA will be in touch to do a needs assessment and take you through what to expect.
Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre is working in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).
The ARU Student Sexual Violence Advocate (SSVA) supports student survivors of sexual violence by offering practical support and advocacy to students who are reporting to ARU, or to the police. All ARU students can access SSVA support, regardless of the campus they study on.
To make a self-referral, please click here: Sexual Violence Support – ARU
Professionals making a referral
Please ensure that the survivor is aware of and has consented to the referral before making a professional referral to us.