“Having someone understand at a time when I felt entirely alone was very useful, when for a long time I felt guilty as if it was my fault and was very dissociated from my own life. However, what I think was most impressive about the service is how there was an understanding that sexual violence impacts all aspects of your life, and my ISVA even helped me with other elements of my life such as University work and friends and forming relationships. Due to the support I feel safer emotionally. I understand why I responded the way I did, and I feel safer knowing my response was normal”.
Shane talks about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child and his experience working with one of our ISVAs.
Jennifer talks about her experience of taking her abuser to court and how important her ISVA was in this process.
IDAS is the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.