Within SV2, counselling and therapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies, and are often considered to be interchangeable. They are both delivered by trained therapists who work with people over a short or long term period to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.
We believe that:
Therapy is a time set aside by you and the therapist to look at what has brought you to contact us. It usually lasts for 50 minutes per session and is usually on an agreed day and time, at an agreed place which provides a 'safe' space which is private, undisturbed and cannot be overheard or interrupted. The counsellor will reach an agreement with you about confidentiality in the very first session.
Therapy might include talking about life experiences, (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour. Our therapists will do their best to help you to look at your issues and help you resolve your difficulties and find ways of coping.
You will not be told what to do, your therapist will help you make your own decisions and identify what is right for you.
SV2 is a member of, and adheres to, the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) and adheres to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
SV2 ISVAs are victim-focused advocates, specially trained to work with victims of recent and historic serious sexual crimes.
They will enable you to access the services you may need in the aftermath of the abuse you have experienced. Your ISVA is independent of the Police and other agencies and their support will vary from case to case, depending on your requirements your particular circumstances. However, the core role of an ISVA includes making sure that you have the best possible practical advice on:-
Our Crisis Worker will support you during your forensic examination and will be in the examination room if you wish. They will ensure your needs are met and that you have an informed choice throughout your time at Millfield House, Derbyshire's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). The Crisis Worker will provide emotional and practical support for you and your family or friends whilst you are at the SARC. They are independent of the Police and the FME (Forensic Medical Examiner) and are there to explain what is happening and to answer your questions.
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted within the last 7 – 10 days, you do not need to report to the police to receive a forensic medical examination and to hand over any other evidence, ie, clothes, complete a witness statement, etc.
You can call the 24 hour Advice line and talk through the option of a Self Referral. This procedure will be explained more fully, which is undertaken by two Crisis Workers along with the doctor or specialist nurse. During a forensic medical, once you have given signed consent, and after you have been examined to ensure you have no injuries that need urgent medical attention, intimate forensic swabs will then be taken. All findings will be recorded.
Only if, or when, there is a police investigation, these swabs may then be sent away for analysis which could then confirm DNA presence. The benefit of undergoing a self referral is that this can give you valuable breathing space to make up your own mind whether you wish to report to police without losing valuable forensic evidence.
To help detect DNA, it is best if you do not:-
You can make an anonymous report to SV2, which involves giving as much information as you are comfortable with.
This information is then sent to Derbyshire Police for their database. If similar details are identified at any time, the police will then contact SV2 and ask us to share this with you so that you can then decide whether you wish to make a full report to them.
Knowing there is another person who has come forward can often help you decide whether this is something you wish to do for yourself.
We offer a weekly, 12 session personal growth and educational programme to women survivors of sexual violence. This structured programme safely explores both the emotional impact and behavioural legacy of sexual trauma.
This programme helps attendees learn grounding techniques to help cope with overwhelming emotions and promotes positive change through reflective and experiential learning. By understating how the legacy of sexual trauma impacts on a survivor's life, and how this legacy impacts on them individually, it empowers attendees to make informed decisions and promotes the potential to live a fulfilling life as a survivor.
We provide specialist services for all genders as we recognise the devastating impacts of sexual violence are as wide-ranging and long term for everyone.
However, if you would prefer a dedicated male-only support service, Survivors UK provides a web-based helpline and other services for adult men (aged 18+) who wish to talk about any experience of sexual violence.