An Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) at Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) has been awarded a prestigious Chief Constable’s Award from West Midlands Police.
The award recognises her ongoing support throughout a criminal investigation, court procedure, and a commitment to ensuring the best outcomes for her client.
Presenting the award to Kiran Birdi, Chief Constable Craig Guildford said:
“[This award is] in recognition of the outstanding support you gave to a victim of sexual abuse, giving her the courage and confidence to make a formal complaint. The offender was sentenced to a life term in June 2022. Thank you for your service.”
CRASAC provides independent, impartial and specialist support to adults and children impacted by sexual violence and abuse at any time in their lives. An Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) is a specialist who offers emotional, practical and advocacy support to improve the experiences of victims and survivors.
Kiran Birdi, IVSA at CRASAC says:
“It has been a privilege to receive this award after what hasn’t been an easy journey for my client to get to the point where she has finally received the justice she deserved.
“I am one of a team of ISVAs at CRASAC who work tirelessly to advocate on behalf of hundreds of victims and survivors of sexual violence with the police and other services to ensure they get the best possible support.”