An ARCHWay ISVA is a specialist service that can support people involved in or exploited through the sex industry who have experienced rape or sexual assault.
We are a fully inclusive service and as such work with anyone aged 18 and over.
What is the ArchWay Project?
We’re here to listen.
We can support you whether the assault was recent or historic, no matter who the perpetrator was; punter or otherwise. We are here to support you whether you want to report to the police or not.
We understand that there may be barriers to coming forward and talking about your experiences, but we can offer a discreet, safe space to do so without judgement. We will be sensitive to your needs and move at your pace. It’s not about telling you what to do but supporting you to make informed choice
How can an ArchWay ISVA help me?
An ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) is completely independent of all other agencies and our only interest is in supporting you.
We can talk through your options, helping you to decide if you want to report to the police or not. If you choose to do this, we can support you with each stage of the Criminal Justice process. We will work with the various agencies on your behalf, to make sure you have all the relevant information about your case and ensure that your voice and opinion is heard.
What if i don’t want to report?
You don’t have to report to the police if you don’t want to, the decision is entirely up to you. If you choose not to make a report, we can still help you to identify and access other services you may need such as;
• Health Support
• Sexual Health
• National Ugly Mugs Anonymous Reporting Service
• Immigration Services
• Substance Misuse Services
• Legal Services
• Counselling Support
National Ugly Mugs
We can report incidents to National Ugly Mugs (NUM) on your behalf.
This scheme enables people involved in sex work to anonymously report crimes against them, either through projects that specifically work within their area (such as the ISVA) or independently.
This can then be shared with other sex workers or projects that support them, to help spread the word about abusive punters/clients and keep people safer.
We can also help you to join NUM so that as well as reporting yourself; you can also receive discreet alerts to your mobile phone/email about any potentially dangerous individuals.
This is completely anonymous. Only your mobile phone number is needed which can never be shared with anyone without your consent.
How to refer
ARCH provide a non-judgemental, confidential service and we try to make referring to us as easy as we can.
To self-refer, please read and complete a Self-Referral form.
If you are a professional/ organisation and want to refer a client for our ARCHWay ISVA support, you can do so using our Professional Referral Form.
If you have any questions about or problems with the online forms, please contact our referrals team on 01642 822335, and we will do our best to help you.
No pressure, No judgement and led by you – the ARCHWay project covers the Teesside area; Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool & Redcar & Cleveland.
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