Support Services for Men

Inf0rmation on support for men and boys who have experienced sexual violence.

Our work focuses on the needs and rights of women and girls, and providing specialist services in women-only safe spaces. At the same time, we recognise boys and men also experience sexual violence, and the impacts on their lives can be just as wide-ranging and long-term.
Rape Crisis believes all victims and survivors deserve specialist support. We work in partnership with organisations that represent men and boys to lobby Government for adequate, sustained funding for specialist services for all victims and survivors.

ISVA service

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) can support anyone who lives in Gloucestershire and has experienced sexual violence, irrespective of age, gender and background. The ISVA will be sensitive to your needs and will help you to make informed choices.

Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA ) offers a free and confidential specialist service providing practical help and emotional support to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted at any time in their lives.

Sometimes it can be difficult to talk to your family, friends or partner about what has happened to you or you may not have told anyone at all. The Independent Sexual Violence Advisor can provide the opportunity to talk in a safe and confidential environment. The ISVA service is about helping you to make informed choices, not about telling you what to do.

Talk to us

PO Box 16, Gloucester, GL4 0RU

General enquiries: 01452 305421 or email  info@glosrasac.org.uk

Accessing support for the first time

We understand that it can be dicult to talk about your experiences at first don’t worry if It takes a while for you to want to speak, we’ll listen when you do.

 

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)

Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) can support anyone who lives in Gloucestershire and has experienced sexual violence, irrespective of age, gender and background. The ISVA will be sensitive to your needs and will help you to make informed choices.

Our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA ) offers a free and confidential specialist service providing practical help and emotional support to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted at any time in their lives.
Sometimes it can be difficult to talk to your family, friends or partner about what has happened to you or you may not have told anyone at all. The Independent Sexual Violence Advisor can provide the opportunity to talk in a safe and confidential environment. The ISVA service is about helping you to make informed choices, not about telling you what to do.

The ISVA can support you in a number of ways:

  • To help you decide if you wish to report to the police and give you information about the legal process and your rightsLiaise with the police and prosecution service on your behalf and advocate when needed.
  • Support you from report through to court
  • Identify what other support you may need and help you get other specialist support, e.g. counselling, mental health support, sexual health, substance and alcohol misuse

What to expect:

The ISVA will contact you and arrange to meet with you if you wish
You will not be expected to talk about what’s happened. The ISVA will be aware of this and will focus on supporting you through this difficult time.

How you can get the ISVA service:

You can ask for a referral to the service from the Police, NHS or any other agency.
Or, you can self-refer by calling us on 01452 305 421

One-to-one therapeutic support

Therapeutic supports offers you the space, and time, to talk through your thoughts, feelings, and options with a specialist support worker.
Your support worker can meet you at our centre in central Gloucester, or at a safe and convenient location elsewhere. We’re happy to give one-to-one dedicated support by telephone too.

More Support Information

Self-Referral

Getting in touch with us to make a self-referral is simple – call our office number on:
01452 305421 Monday – Thursday,
9.00am – 5.00pm, Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm
or email us at info@glosrasac.org.uk

Other Support Services

GRASAC works in partnership with Gloucestershire Counselling Services to provide counselling sessions for male victims of sexual violence. To make a referral please visit their website https://www.gloscounselling.org.uk/ and complete an online referral. Alternatively you can call them on 01453 766310.
Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) offers practical advice for individuals who have recently experienced sexual violence. The service includes confidential medical assessment, a change of clothing, a forensic medical examination to collect evidence. More information can be found on their website: https://www.hopehousesarc.nhs.uk/ . Alternatively a crisis worker can be contacted 24/7 via telephone on 0300 421 8400
There is the national organisation specifically for male victims called Survivors UK https://www.survivorsuk.org/ which has a range of support options that you can access including a helpline, online chat, SMS and whatsapp.

Our services enable you to manage the consequences of your experiences, and to recover from them.

Our fully trained support workers will help you deal with the impact of what you have been through;
support you whether the assault happened recently, or many years ago.

With support you can begin to:
• feel less isolated, anxious or fearful;
• be better able to deal with what has happened to you;
• feel more able to cope;
• be able to look at your options and decide what’s best for you;
• think about, and look forward to, the future.

If you have experienced rape, sexual assault or abuse very recently, and wish to report the crime, contact the Police (dial 999 in an emergency or 101 if you are not in immediate danger) or Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Centre (address below).
They will listen to you, take evidence and guide you through the initial legal process. Physical evidence can be gathered within 7 days of the offence.

Other useful contacts

Hope House Sexual Assault Referral Centre
(SARC)

Practical advice for individuals who have recently experienced sexual violence. The service includes confidential medical treatment, emergency contraception, information and guidance, a change of clothing and access to the Police to gather evidence and investigate the assault.
T: 0300 421 8400 (available 24/7, 365 days a year)
E: HopehouseSARC@glos-care.nhs.uk
W: www.HopeHouseSARC@glos-care.nhs.uk

Safeline

Safeline is an independent and non-discriminatory charity that provides specialist, tailored support for anyone affected by sexual abuse and rape and works
to prevent CSE with children and young people at risk.
T: 0808 800 5005 (closed bank holidays)
E: oce@safeline.org.uk
W: www.safeline.org.uk

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support
Service (GDASS)

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service works county-wide to improve the safety of victims
and their families.
W: www.gdass.org.uk
T: 0845 602 9035
E: support@gdass.org.uk

SurvivorsUK

SurvivorsUK can offer a range of support services including counselling and therapy appointments as well as online chat. All services are provided by trained professionals who as specialists in the field of male sexual violence have helped many men to work through their experiences.
T: 0203 598 3898
E: help@survivorsuk.org
W: www.survivorsuk.org

Talk to us

PO Box 16, Gloucester, GL4 0RU

General enquiries: 01452 305421 or email  info@glosrasac.org.uk

Helpline: 01452 526770  or email support@glosrasac.org.uk

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