We have a dedicated worker to support victims with learning disabilities. We know people with Learning Disabilities have a higher propensity for being a victim of rape or sexual abuse than others in the wider community, yet the barriors they can face when trying to seek help means they often remain hidden and unsupported. Communication difficulties can impact on whether they are understood or believed and they can sometimes be seen as unreliable witnesses so their case will rarely progress to court.
Our Learning Disabilities ISVA will offer specialist support to enable victims
- Tell their story in the way best for them
- Have help with benefits
- Have help with housing
- Have help with reporting to the police if they wish
- Learn about healthy relationships and when to say yes
- Have help to start putting their life back
- To access other specialist help
We also have established a reciprocal referral pathway with specialist LD providers that enable the worker to access specialist support for victims and work in a collaborative and holistic way and LD providers can refer and access the ISVA service.