Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services

Independent Domestic Violence Advocates

The UK government’s definition of domestic violence is ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional.’

Domestic abuse can take different forms and includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, coercive control, emotional abuse, digital or online abuse, honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).


An IDVA is an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate. IDVAs will support people through the criminal justice system and will advocate for them to make sure they get the support they need to move forward. You can find details of domestic violence and IDVA services in your area below.

Independent Sexual Violence Advocates

An ISVA is an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate and they will support victims of sexual violence. In South Yorkshire, support is available to people who have received unwanted sexual contact and the ISVA service provides practical support to help victims deal with the circumstances.

In order to receive support, there is an ISVA referral pathway in South Yorkshire and support is available for women, men, children and families regardless of whether you have spoken to the police or anyone else about the incident.

You can find more information about the ISVA service and how you can refer yourself or someone else to the service here

South Yorkshire ISVA service referral form

You can also find the details of sexual violence support services in your area, below.


Domestic Abuse Services

Hull DAP. 01482 318759

Sexual Violence Services

The Blue Door. 0800 197 47 87

East Riding

Domestic Abuse Services

DVAP. 01482 396368

Sexual Violence Services

The Blue Door. 0800 197 47 87

North Lincolnshire

The Blue Door. 0800 197 47 87. Scunthorpe office: 01724 841947.

The Blue Door provide domestic violence and sexual violence support in North Lincolnshire.

North East Lincolnshire

Domestic Abuse Services

Womens' Aid. 01472 575757

Sexual Violence Services

The Blue Door. 0800 197 47 87


Domestic Abuse Services

IDAS. Independent Domestic Abuse Service. 03000 110 110

Sexual Abuse Services

BSARCS. Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Services. 01226 320140


Domestic Abuse Services

Doncaster Domestic Abuse Hub. 01302 737080

Sexual Violence Services

DRASACS. Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Services.


Domestic Abuse Services

Rotherham Rise. 0330 2020571

Sexual Violence Services

ROTHACS. Rotherham Abuse Counselling Services. 01709 835482


Domestic Abuse Services

IDAS. 0808 808 2241

Sexual Violence Services

SRASAC. Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre. 0114 241 2766 (office number only. This is not a crisis number).

National Organisations

MankindNational Domestic Violence Helpline. Freephone, 24 hour helpline. 0808 2000247

FLOWS. Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors. Legal advice for women experiencing domestic abuse.

Womens' Aid. Domestic abuse information and support.

Karma Nirvana. Support for victims of honour based violence and forced marriage. 0800 5999247

Rape Crisis.

The Survivors Trust. Information for survivors of sexual abuse and rape.

Mankind – Male survivors of rape and sexual abuse - 01823 334244

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