This Sexual Abuse & Sexual Awareness Week, we’re highlighting the work done by the team at Victim Support Isle of Man.

As well as showcasing the work they do helping victims of crime, we also wanted to introduce you to the wonderful team behind the charity.

Facts and Figures

Victim Support’s marketing manager Amber Oakley told us that sexual assault referrals accounted for 25% of all referrals to Victim Support IOM from July 2020 to January 2022 and in the last quarter of 2021 referrals increased by 71% in comparison to the same period in 2020, an increase from 14 referrals to 24.

Amber explained that the three lockdowns may explain the peaks in referrals. She said that in July 2020, shortly at the island came out of the first lockdown, the charity saw a high number of overall and sexual assault referrals. Again in April & May 2021, when the island came out of the third lockdown, referrals began increasing again.

Meet The Team

Paula:

  • How long you’ve been at victim support – nearly 19 years
  • The qualifications you’ve gained – IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor), OPVA
    (Older Person Violence Advisor), ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) & currently
    completing CHISVA (Children and Young persons sexual violence advisor)
  • Why you chose to work for Victim Support: I wanted to work for a charity and put the skills I
    had learnt, to good use. Helping people is rewarding. 
  • Something you’d say to someone who’s looking for support from us but is unsure how you can
    help: We are human, we don’t bite.  It is often easier to talk to someone who won’t judge
    and can talk through options and your feelings.

Jen:

  • How long you’ve been at Victim Support: I have been a Welfare Officer at Victim Support for 6.5
    years. Previous to Victim Support I worked for a Mental Health Charity for 4 years.
  • The qualifications you’ve gained:  I have a level 3 QCF in Health and Social Care and currently working towards qualifying as a Young Person Violence Advisor, to help support people age 13-17years old who are in abusive relationships. I have completed the Victim Support and Witness Service training.
  • Why you chose to work for Victim Support: I truly believe Victim Support is a great Charity and very much needed on the Isle of Man. I love working with people and supporting them through some really hard times in their lives.
  • Something you’d say to someone who’s looking for support from us but is unsure how we can help: You do not need to have reported the crime or incident to the police to receive support from us. There is no time frame from when the incident happened to come in and get emotional and practical support.

Kelly

  • How long you’ve been at Victim Support: 8 years
  • The qualifications you’ve gained: Victim Support  & Witness Support Training ISVA – Independent Sexual Violence Advisor and currently completing my CHISVA – Child and Young Person Sexual Violence Advisor.
  • Why you chose to work for Victim Support: I started as an administrator with the charity and I was really inspired by what the charity were doing for victims of crime.  I realised that was what I wanted to do, so transitioned to welfare officer when the opportunity arose.
  • Something you’d say to someone who’s looking for support from us but is unsure how we can help: Make an appointment, part of our initial meeting is to see how we can help and if we can’t we will try and help you find someone/somewhere that can.

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