LimeCulture confirms 10 Wave 1 Sites

LimeCulture CIC and the Male Survivors Partnership are delighted to announce the 10 Wave 1 Sites who have been selected for inclusion in the Independent Accreditation, Monitoring and Support Programme as part of the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence that were recently launched in the House of Lords by Baroness Newlove, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales.

The Wave 1 Sites are:

  1. The Oak Centre SARC (Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust)
  2. Mankind
  3. The Saturn Centre SARC (Mountain Healthcare)
  4. Survivors UK
  5. Survivors in Transition
  6. Safeline
  7. Notts SVS Services
  8. West Yorkshire ISVA Service (Victim Support)
  9. Stepping Stones, North Wales
  10. Survivors Manchester

As part of the Wave 1 Site application process, we received three times as many applications as places available on the first Wave. This demonstrates a clear appetite from services wishing to meet the Quality Standards and evidence this through an independent accreditation process.

The applications we received were from a range of services supporting male victims/survivors of sexual violence, something LimeCulture and the MSP have been keen to encourage since the Quality Standards having been developed to be applicable to all services supporting males. Applications came from a range of services including: male-only services and services supporting both males and females, voluntary sector and statutory sector services, counselling and therapeutic services, Helpline services, ISVA services and SARC services, as well as sexual violence support services located with the university setting.  The response has been fantastic.

Crucially, the purpose of Wave 1 is to trial and test the Independent Accreditation, Monitoring and Support programme, which has been designed to provide an independent ‘KiteMark’ to services who meet the Quality Standards. While it is vital that this independent process is able to rigorously assesses and accurately monitor services against the Quality Standards, it is also important that for those services who do not yet meet the Quality Standards or are working towards achieving it, this process can identify where services need further work to meet the quality standards and provide targeted support to assist their development.

Stephanie Reardon, Joint CEO for LimeCulture said: “Wave 1 is absolutely key for LimeCulture to trial and test our own assessment processes, as well as the support functions required to support services to meet the Quality Standards. On that basis the 10 Wave 1 Sites that have been selected because they offer us an excellent spread of services to work with across England and Wales. The 10 Wave 1 Sites are also meeting the Quality Standards to varying degrees, which is useful as it allows us to test how best to support services to reach the benchmark and fully comply with the Quality Standards”.


Lloyds Bank Fund England and Wales, who funded the development of the Qaulity Standards, has funded the 10 Wave 1 Sites to be included in the Independent Accreditation, Monitoring and Support programme. Given the high number of applications we received, we know that a large number of services supporting male victims/surviors offering demonstrably high quality services have been disappointed not to be include in the programme in this first wave. LimeCulture and MSP are now in discussions about expanding the Independent Accreditation, Monitoring and Support programme in further waves. Further information about the programme and applications for wave 2 sites will be made in due course.

The Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence are available to download free of charge by clicking here


For further information about the Quality Standards and the Independent Accreditation, Monitoring and Support Programme, please contact

Tom Leavesley, Project Manager, LimeCulture CIC




Wave 1 Application Process NOW OPEN – Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence

Following last week’s successful launch in the House of Lords on 31 January of the Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence, LimeCulture is delighted to announce that the application process to become a Wave 1 Site is now open.

As part of the funding provided to the Male Survivor Partnership by Lloyds Banks Fund for England and Wales to develop the new Quality Standards, LimeCulture has been commissioned to develop an accreditation, monitoring and support process to sit along side the quality standards. This funding will allow 10 support services to become Wave 1 Sites, which will see them gain accreditation by successfully meeting the quality standards.

We are now looking for applications from services who currently support male victims/survivors of sexual violence who wish to be part of this innovative and transformational programme. [NB- We cannot accept services who do not currently support male victims/survivors.].

We are not being prescriptive about the type of services that can apply to be a Wave 1 Site and we would welcome applications from a range of voluntary and community sector services, statutory and private organisations who provide support to males. We would welcome applications from services providing (but not limited to) counselling and psychological therapies, 1 to 1 support, group or peer support, Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) Services, SARC services etc.

We are keen to see a regional spread in the Wave 1 Sites, but location of the service will not be the deciding factor that determines which services are included as Wave 1 Sites. Therefore, we would welcome applications from services located across England and Wales.

Importantly, Wave 1 Sites are not required to be specialist male-only services. The Quality Standards have been developed for all services supporting male victims/survivors of sexual violence, including those services who also may also provide support to women and/or children too. As a result we are very keen to include a range of services who provide support to male victims/survivors of sexual violence into the Wave 1 Sites

Where services wishing to be included in the accreditation, monitoring and support process are identified as not yet meeting the benchmark for the Quality Standards, the accreditation team will work with them to develop an action plan and they will be able to access an agreed package of support to make the necessary improvements to meet the Quality Standards. This may include access to consultancy, peer support and where we identify common issues across a number of services, capability building workshops and development events.

If you would like to be part of this exciting and ground breaking project, the application form to become a Wave 1 Site can be found by clicking here

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 23 February 2018.

Further information can be found about the Quality Standards and the Wave 1 Site application process at

For further questions please contact LimeCulture via email

The successful Wave One Sites will be announced on 12 March 2018, and the accreditation, monitoring and support process will be carried out throughout the 2018/19 financial year supporting the 10 Wave One sites to achieve the Male Quality Standard Kitemark.




LimeCulture announces Sir Keir Starmer as the Chair of their Independent Advisory Board

LimeCulture CIC are delighted to announce that Sir Keir Starmer QC MP is to become the Chair of their Independent Advisory Board.

The LimeCulture Independent Advisory Board was established to provide the strategic direction for the development of LimeCulture CIC. The Board, originally Chaired by Baroness Joyce Gould of Potternewton, was created to provide independent high-level strategic guidance and act as a thoughtful sounding board to LimeCulture Directors and staff, as we developed as a new national specialist sexual violence organisation.

Nearly 7 years on from when LimeCulture was established, LimeCulture has emerged as a leading national sexual violence training and development organisation. The Independent Advisory Board chaired by Baroness Gould has been instrumental in getting LimeCulture to where we find ourselves today and we are clear that the advice, support and guidance from Baroness Gould and other Board Members has been invaluable to our success.

Baroness Gould stepped down at the end of last year in order to reduce her work commitments, but she leaves LimeCulture as a well established and respected organisation, nationally recognised for our expertise around responding to sexual violence.

Our focus is naturally quite different to when we first started our work 7 years ago, and therefore, we are keen to ensure that our Independent Advisory Board’s focus reflects our current position, supports us to overcome our challenges and enables us to achieve our new goals. We are therefore absolutely delighted to announce that Sir Keir Starmer, QC MP will be taking on the position of Chair of the LimeCulture Independent Advisory Board.



[Above image] Sir Kier Starmer QC MP with LimeCulture CIC Joint Chief Executive Kim Doyle and Stephanie Reardon.

For more information about LimeCulture CIC, please email or visit our website


Merry Christmas from all at LimeCulture

This is our final blogpost of 2017 and what a year it has been for LimeCulture!

As another exciting and busy year comes to a close, the LimeCulture team are reflecting on our successes but also thinking about the things we would like to achieve together in 2018.

LimeCulture Team Photo2017 has seen the LimeCulture Core Team increase in size to a team of 10. We have been busy this year with ongoing and new projects dominating our ever-increasing workloads. But the team are strong and effective, and every one of them brings a unique skill set that adds to our collective success. We expect to expand again in 2018, so look forward to new members joining the team.

During this past year, we have achieved so many great things as an organisation. Our work is varied and interesting, and we are incredibly grateful for the range of projects we are asked to be involved with.

Our continued work around ISVAs is important to us as an organisation, and we are grateful for the support services who continue to choose LimeCulture to provide the training to their ISVAs. Our training team, lead by Bernie Ryan OBE, have been busy all year training ISVAs. They have delivered the ISVA Development Programmes to 4 full cohorts of new ISVAs this year- each course with fantastic feedback. They have also delivered separate Advanced Development Programmes to 2 full cohorts of experienced ISVAs and in November, they delivered another workshop for ISVA Managers- again with much praise from delegates.

We continued to support the ISVA workforce throughout 2017 and the role out of the Safety and Support (SAS) Assessment we developed especially for ISVAs to assist them to identify, monitor and manage their clients’ risk and needs has been positively received, with excellent feedback from ISVA services who tell us that it has had a significant impact on the way they manage their cases. This year, at a national level we have worked with the Ministry of Justice, Crown Prosecution Service and Home Office to assist them in understanding the ISVA role. At a local level, we have worked with a range of local commissioners, including from NHS, Police and Crime Commissioners and Local Authorities to understand the importance of commissioning ISVA services.

The National ISVA Conference on 28 September was a huge success with over 100 attendees and a range of excellent speakers joining our annual “Knowledge and Network Event”. Once again, the LimeLight Awards raised the profile of individual ISVAs, ISVA Teams and Managers for the excellent work they do in support of victims of sexual violence.

ISVAs aside, this year we have also trained over 50 Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVAs) across Greater Manchester and Cumbria to enable them to effectively support their clients who have experienced sexual violence in the domestic setting. Although as an organisation we are clear in our views that the role of IDVA and ISVA are distinct, and should not be combined, we do think it important for both sets of professionals to have specific knowledge and skills in order to properly support those who have experienced sexual violence in a domestic setting or an intimate relationship.

The launch in 2015 of our new Sexual Violence Liaison Officer (SVLO) Development Programme – following our work with Keele University, Greenwich University and Universities UK to improve the response to sexual violence within the university setting –  has seen an explosion of interest from universities across the UK wishing to adopt the SVLO Model to ensure an institution-wide response to sexual violence. This year we have delivered the SVLO Development Programme to 3 full cohorts, with SVLOs being put in place in 19 separate universities across England and Scotland (where they have adopted the name Sexual Misconduct Liaison Officer for their specially trained staff) . We have also run a series of development days and bespoke training for a number of universities to help them with their roles and responsibilities to support students and staff, their organisational responses, implementing appropriate policies and procedures and how best to manage disclosures of sexual violence. Next year, we expect to see a significant increase in our work in this important area.

Our work around supporting Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) has continued this year with a bespoke training package developed especially for the staff at the Havens, the Sexual Assault Referral Centres for London. We have also worked with NHS England Commissioners in the East of England to develop a service specification for a talking therapies services for SARC-users. Our training team continue to provide bespoke training to SARC staff, including Crisis Workers, and we look forward to meeting the SARC teams we are training in the new year. We are also looking forward to continuing our work with the Forensic Science Regulator for England and Wales to bring in new standards for the forensic medical examination of child and adult victims following sexual assault.

We have been commissioned by a number of local Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) this year to undertake independent reviews of local sexual violence services. In Gloucestershire and Devon and Cornwall, we have recently carried out independent reviews of their local ISVA services, in Nottinghamshire we carried out some independent research to identify what local support services for victims/survivors of sexual violence should look like moving forward. In North Yorkshire we are part way through an independent review of their county-wide ISVA service, their adult SARC and their paediatric SARC. We look forward to continuing with this work next year.

This year, partnership working has once again played a key focus of our work. Our relationships with other like-minded organisations is important to us. This year we have continued to work in partnership with the Premier League, delivering our bespoke ‘Respect Programme’ to the academy players in the top 20 football clubs. We have also delivered a series of safeguarding training events to Premier League staff this year too.

In April, LimeCulture and SceneSafe, who has been at the centre of sexual assault forensic development since 1997, have jointly launched the ‘SAFE Programme’. The programme allows Governments outside of the UK access to technical support, forensic equipment, analysis and training to improve local responses to sexual assaults. Together, LimeCulture and SceneSafe launched this exciting new international programme in April, when we were invited to speak at the Forensic Science Expo’s in both Dubai and London.

Training & DevelopmentOur work in partnership with the Male Survivors Partnership has been a highlight of 2017. Funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation, we have worked extensively to research and develop new quality standards for services supporting male victims/survivors of sexual violence to ensure that the needs of males can be met effectively by local services. These new standards are set to be launched in early 2018 alongside a comprehensive accreditation, monitoring and support process.

Unfortunately, we are unable to disclosure all of the work we have been involved in this year due to the sensitive or confidential nature of some important projects. However, we have been absolutely privileged to work in partnership with some wonderful organisations and professionals this year, who share our goal to improve the response to sexual violence.

This year has seen us be invited to speak at a range of conferences, events and meetings. Our highlight occurred in June, when our joint Chief Executives, Stephanie Reardon and Kim Doyle, were invited to speak to the United Nations in Geneva about the response to domestic and sexual violence in the UK. It was a great privilege to be recognised for our expertise and absolutely fascinating to meet colleagues from other counties and learn how they respond to domestic and sexual violence.

This blogpost includes a snapshot of some of the work we have done in 2017, which has without doubt been another great year for LimeCulture. We would like to thank each and every one of our customers, friends and partners. We cannot express how grateful we are for your support.

We are excited about 2018 – we have so much planned that we can’t wait to share with you in the new year!

We wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas.

The LimeCulture Core Team




#MeToo? Are employers really ready to tackle unwanted sexual behaviour?

Over the last month or so, we have seen an explosion in the number of people – mainly women but men too – who are saying they have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour. We purposefully use the term ‘unwanted sexual behaviour’ here, because it is important that it covers the whole spectrum of behaviour from sexual harrassment, right through to rape, which is a serious criminal offence, and everything in between. This is important because the distinctions are not always clear and the impact is not always the same.

Since the first allegations were made about Harvey Weinstein over in Hollywood, we have seen a whole range of similar allegations being made against other people, more often than not in more powerful positions than the people it has been claimed that they have touched, groped or assaulted. The recent #MeToo campaign has quickly highlighted the staggering scale of this problem.

Whether it be in a Hollywood production company, a political party, an elite sport, an estate agency, a law firm, a theatre….or wherever, it has quickly become clear that this is a societal problem. However, because of the bravery of a few people at first, then the more people that followed, it is becoming increasingly clear that this kind of unwanted sexual behaviour is not acceptable and should not be tolerated.

The big problem, of course, is how do we tackle unwanted sexual behaviour?  At LimeCulture, we have been grappling with this issue long before the Weinstein story broke. We wholeheartedly agree that unwanted sexual behaviour is a societal problem that needs to be routed out and confronted. If there is a law that has been broken then if the victim so chooses to report it, it should be investigated and then prosecuted. However, unwanted sexual behaviour is not always as clear cut as that. There will be times when the law alone is not enough, or the victim does not want to report it to the police, and it should be the responsibility of others to act to prevent or stop unwanted sexual behaviour. It will also be for others to protect those who have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour, at whatever end of the spectrum, and respond appropriately to their needs.

So who does that responsibility belong to? Well we know this kind of behaviour often occurs when there is an imbalance of power. When somebody is senior and the other person is junior. When somebody is the boss and the other person is not. When somebody is experienced and the other person is learning. We know that this kind of thing happens in the workplace. Therefore, we think the starting point (and it is just that, a starting point) should be a focus on employers and making sure that organisations take responsibility for the people they employ.  Are they doing everything they should or could they be doing more to tackle unwanted sexual behaviour? Lets start here.

Nobody disputes that employers have responsibility for their employees.  This means that they also have a responsibility to their staff to respond appropriately to any disclosure of unwanted sexual behaviour, be that an act of harassment or a sexual assault.

Most organisations should and probably do have HR policies and procedures to deal with complaints or disputes, which will be dealt with through a disciplinary process. However, are these fit for purpose when it comes to handling allegations of unwanted sexual behaviour? Probably not.

We know from talking to a range of organisations that quite often any complaint that is made would go up the chain of authority….but what if the person who committed the unwanted sexual behaviour is at the top of the tree? Or the line manager who is supposed to be conducting the investigation or handling the complaint? This doesn’t work.  Or what if those in  HR, just doesn’t ‘get’ what all the fuss is about?  This doesn’t do much to create a culture where people feel able to speak up, which is surely what any employing organisations should aspire to.

At LimeCulture, the reason we  think the average HR disciplinary policy is probably not fit for this type of allegation is the sensitive nature of this type of behaviour and the risk and needs of the victim that may result as a consequence of the unwanted sexual behaviour. How you handle somebody who is repeatedly late for work, for example, should not be the same way as a disclosure of sexual violence.

So what is different when somebody discloses unwanted sexual behaviour? Well, over and above supporting them in relation to their employment needs, (e.g., what they need in the workplace to allow them to continue to do their job), an employer who supports that staff member effectively, will also want to consider the wider support needs of that person, particularly if it follows behaviour at the more ‘serious’ end of the spectrum, such as a sexual assault. In addition to their employment needs (they may need time off work, they may need to move desks or even offices), they may also have mental health needs, physical health needs, sexual health needs. They may wish to report their experience to the police, which could end up in a lengthy investigation. They may end up in court, giving evidence in a trial against their perpetrator.

Importantly, the employing organisation should want to ensure that they have acted appropriately when the disclosure was made to them. The organisation will also need to be sure that it’s involvement has not done anything to undermine a future criminal prosecution or contaminated evidence relating to the sexual offence in the event that the employee wants to report the matter to the police at any point either now or in the future. Furthermore, HR or other staff could potentially be called as witnesses in a trial, so robust record keeping will need to be in place to account for any involvement the employing organisation has had in relation to an offence.

In addition to their victim-care responsibilities, all employers will also have to consider their responsibilities for any staff member who is accused of committing unwanted sexual behaviour. This may involve carrying out an investigation internally, it might mean implementing polices and procedures to remove or suspend the accused from the workplace and could include reviewing whether the organisation could have done anything to prevent the behaviour by way of safeguarding.

Sometimes the hardest thing for somebody who has experienced unwanted sexual behaviour is telling another person about their experience. They often feel guilt or shame about their experience or they might be worried that they won’t be believed. This is compounded when the perpetrator is a manager, or in a more senior position.  These factors all contribute to the barriers that stop people coming forward. But now we are seeing the tide is turning and we have to support those people who are brave enough to come forward. If we make it clear to everyone within an organisation that your employers will listen to you, offer you advice and can support you if you have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour, no matter at what end of the spectrum it sits, then we begin to remove – or at least begin to break down – some of those barriers.

It is the complexity around this area that has led LimeCulture to realise that we simply cannot expect all employers to get this right. Our work with other big institutions has shown us just how complex these sensitive issues are to get right. But it is so very important that we do. That is why at LimeCulture are bringing together our partners and trying to find solutions for employing organisations who have a duty not to fail their staff who have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace.

We are currently putting together a package of support for employing organisations that includes:

  • Independent review of organisational policies and practices to ensure they are fit for purpose to handle cases of sexual harassment/violence
  • Developing organisational strategies for tackling unwanted sexual behaviour
  • Reviewing existing HR policies to ensure they are suitable to respond to disclosure of unwanted sexual behaviour including sexual harassment right through to disclosures of rape
  • Training key staff members to respond appropriately to the needs of victims
  • Developing appropriate approaches towards the interviewing of victims and perpetrators
  • Development of case management processes for handling cases of unwanted sexual behaviour

If you would like more information about the support that LimeCulture can provide to employers, please contact us

LimeLight Award 2017: The winners are….

The 3rd National ISVA Conference ‘Knowledge & Network’, hosted by LimeCulture took places yesterday (28 September 2017) in Manchester. It was another fantastic event with more than 100 ISVAs coming together from across England,  Wales and Northern Ireland to share knowledge, learn about topics that affect their practice and network with their peers.

LimeCulture introduced the LimeLight Awards last year (2016) to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individual ISVAs, ISVA Teams and ISVA Managers who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence through their work.

Baroness Helen Newlove, Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales congratulated the shortlisted nominees and announced the winner of each category. The winners were invited to the stage, where they were presented with their LimeLight Award – to lots of applause and cheers from the audience of ISVAs.

Award 1: Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Adults went to Barbara Pawson from Arch North East

James Seward, Member of the LimeCulture Independent Advisory Board, said of the winner Barbara Pawson “The three short-listed nominees for this award are outstanding, but the winner of this category has made an exceptional contribution to supporting clients and going above and beyond in engaging with her local community making it safe for people to come forward. 

Photo: Barbara Pawson of Arch North East © 2017 by Geoff Reardon Photography

Award 2: The Vicky Bardsley Prize: Oustanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Children & Young People went to Heather Ind of Spring Lodge, Lincolnshire SARC.

“The contenders for this award are all truly fantastic and doing amazing work. The winner has made an outstanding contribution to setting up the service in her area, developing age appropriate supports and been commended by her local police service for her work”

Unfortunately, Heather was unable to collect her LimeLight Award in person. Heather has recently become a mum to a beautiful baby girl. Congratulations Heather on the birth of your lovely daughter.

Photo: Amanda Farquar and Gail Barker of Spring Lodge with Stephanie Reardon and Kim Doyle from LimeCulture holding a “For Heather’ sign! © 2017 by Geoff Reardon Photography

Award 3: Exceptional ISVA Team went to Herts SARC ISVA Team

All the teams nominated for this award are doing fantastic work and they are all demonstrating the value of working in supportive, close-knit teams. The winning team is well-established, high-performing and making a real impact in their local community”.


Photo: Dani Reece of Herts SARC ISVA Team © 2017 by Geoff Reardon Photography


Award 4: Inspirational ISVA Manager went to Ruth Nash of Ynys Saff (Safe Island) Cardiff SARC.

“All the Managers nominated for this award are inspirational leaders who bring exceptional abilities to their teams. However, the award goes to a Manager who has combined the ability to successfully work with partners even at times of pressure with building a safe, nurturing environment to enable her team to develop effectively”.

Unfortunately, Ruth was not able to attend the LimeLight Awards Ceremony, but Debbie Donaldson (ISVA at Ynys Saff) collects the award on her Manager’s behalf

Photo: Debbie Donaldson of Ynys Saff © 2017 by Geoff Reardon Photography


LimeCulture would like to thank everybody who nominated an ISVA, an ISVA Team or an ISVA Manager to make the 2017 LimeLight Awards a great success! We would also like to say congratulations to the other 8 individuals ISVAs and Teams who were shortlisted for the awards across all 4 categories- a fantastic achievement in itself due to the quality of the services provided by the 400 ISVAs and 100+ ISVA Teams working across the UK.

Dame Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, chairing the event said that ISVAs are ‘unmatched’ in the support they provide to victims and survivors of sexual violence to meet their needs, including supporting them through the criminal justice process.


Baroness Newlove said she was ‘truly honoured’ to present the LimeLight Awards at the National ISVA Conference. She said, “all ISVAs are winners, but the LimeLight Awards are a wonderful way of rewarding the work of exceptional ISVAs’.


Photos: Baroness Newlove, Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales presents awards to the LimeLight Awards 2017 winners. (Top Right) Barbara Pawson from Arch North East. (Top Right) Amanda Farquar – Heather Ind’s (very proud) Manager. (Bottom Left) Dani Reece for Herts SARC ISVA Team. (Bottom Right) Debbie Donaldson collects the award for her Manager (Ruth Nash). © 2017 by Geoff Reardon Photography


LimeCulture publishes new findings about victims in sexual offences trials being questioned about previous sexual history

Today LimeCulture publishes new findings about unfair questioning of victims about previous sexual history in sexual offence trials.

A survey into Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) and court cases that they have attended over a two-year period – April 2015 – April 2017 – has revealed that Section 41 of the Youth Justice Crime and Evidence Act 1999 is not always being applied in line with Government guidelines.

As a result, LimeCulture – the leading national sexual violence training and development organisation – and Baroness Newlove , the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales are recommending independent legal representation and advice to be made available for complainants in cases where the defence wish to introduce questioning about their previous sexual history, to ensure Section 41 is applied correctly.

Section 41 was introduced in 1999 to protect victims from unfair questioning about their previous sexual history during court proceedings. According to the findings from this new research, proper processes relating to Section 41 JYCEA 1999 were not applied consistently across England and Wales.

The findings also show that complainants are not consistently informed about the intention to question them about their sexual history, which could also mean there is no opportunity for the prosecution to challenge this or to take instructions or to call witnesses to challenge the facts of the sexual history being discussed. As victims of sexual crime do not have access to independent legal representation it is up to the judge or prosecution to ensure Section 41 is upheld correctly. This is not happening in all cases.

The report can be found here.

For any queries about the findings from the new research please contact LimeCulture on 0203 633 0018 or email

For press enquiries please contact Becky Roberts on 07925 937080, Jaime Gee on 0161 850 0565 or email or



LimeLight Awards 2017: Shortlisted Nominations Announced

LimeCulture are delighted to announce the shortlisted nominations for the 2017 LimeLight Awards. The winners will be revealed during a special ceremony at the Knowledge and Network Event for ISVAs on Thursday 28 September 2017.

We were once again absolutely delighted by the nominations we have received for this years’ LimeLight Awards. We have received a large number of nominations in each of the four categories.

All of the categories have now been carefully considered as part of the shortlisting process, which was completed in two stages; an initial sift (which selected 6 nominations in each category) and a final sift (which selected 3 nominations from the initial sift in each category). These two stages were conducted independently of one another and by different members of the LimeCulture Core Team so as to be as fair and objective as possible.

LimeLight Awards – Shortlisted Nominees 2017

Award 1: Outstanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Adults

This category looks to celebrate excellent practice carried out by UK-based individual ISVAs. This LimeLight Award celebrates the achievements of an individual ISVA supporting adults who have demonstrated commitment, passion and exceptional encouragement and support for their adult clients.

Our 2017 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Lisa Monks – RSVP
  2. Yvonne Raybone – Amethyst SARC 
  3. Barbara Pawson – Arch North East

Award 2: Vicky Bardsley Prize: Oustanding Achievement by an ISVA Supporting Children & Young People

This LimeLight Award is in honour and memory of Vicky Bardsley, an accredited ISVA who worked at the Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) supporting Children and Young People. Vicky sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2015 leaving behind her family, many friends and her committed colleagues at RSVP, and a positive legacy for the many sexually abused children and young people that she has supported.

This LimeLight Award celebrates the achievements of an individual ISVA supporting children and young people who has demonstrated commitment, passion and exceptional encouragement and support for their young clients.

Our 2017 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Hannah Mart – Amethyst SARC
  2. Heather Ind – Spring Lodge SARC
  3. Satinder Kaur – FreeVA


Award 3: Exceptional ISVA Team

This award looks to recognise UK-based ISVA teams or services of all sizes and sectors who are leading the way in the provision of ISVA services. This LimeLight award seeks to reward an ISVA team or service that has made a significant contribution to supporting their clients.

Our 2017 shortlisted nominations for this award are:

  1. Victim Support Northern Ireland ISVA Team
  2. National Ugly Mugs ISVA Team
  3. Hertfordshire SARC ISVA Team


Award 4: Inspirational ISVA Manager

This category looks to reward UK-based Managers of ISVA Teams or Services. This LimeLight Award seeks to recognise and reward an ISVA Manager who has taken a fresh approach to leading, developing and managing an ISVA Service or Team.

  1. Vicky Green – Rasa Merseyside
  2. Ruth Nash – Ynys Saff / Cardiff SARC
  3. Magdelena Gulcz-Hayward – Gloucestershire SARC


The shortlisted nominations will be reviewed by Mr James Seward who is a member of LimeCulture’s Independent Advisory Board. James has been given the responsibility of selecting the winner of each category, which will be announced at the National Conference for ISVAs Knowledge and Network Event for ISVAs on Thursday 28 September 2017.

LimeCulture would like to congratulate each of the nominees that has been shortlisted for a LimeLight Award. With the existence of such a committed and dynamic ISVA workforce, to be nominated for a LimeLight Award is a great achievement and testament to the professionalism of each of the nominees.

We would also like to express our thanks to everybody who took the time to nominate an ISVA, ISVA Team or a Manager for a LimeLight Award. It is clear that there are a whole range of individuals, teams and Managers providing excellent services throughout the country. From reading the impressive nominations, is clear to us at LimeCulture that all of the nominees are truly appreciated by others, whether it be peers, colleagues, managers and/or the people that they support. Well done to you all!


Through the introduction of the LimeLight Awards, LimeCulture seek to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individual ISVAs, ISVA Teams and ISVA Managers who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence through their work.

We believe that ISVAs deserve to be properly recognised for the important, challenging and professional work they do to support those who have experienced sexual violence. The LimeLight Awards are intended to be a first step in the direction of professional recognition of ISVAs and their services.

Launch of Survey for Male Survivors of Sexual Violence

LimeCulture CIC, in partnership with the Male Survivors Partnership, have today launched a national survey to gather the views and suggestions of male survivors of sexual violence about support services. The survey can be found online at

Funded by a grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation, the survey will inform a two-year project, which will see new quality standards developed and rolled out across the  UK for service supporting male survivors.

For males who have experienced sexual violation, these new standards and the accreditation process that goes with them will give a layer of reassurance about the quality of the services they are accessing at a time when they are feeling most vulnerable.

In order to support the development of the quality standards we are conducting a survey with male survivors to understand their views and experiences of support services. We have great ambitions for this survey and are keen to have as many men over the age of 18 years old as possible contribute to the survey – this will help us to ensure the new quality standards are informed directly by male survivors and are fit for purpose to meet their needs.  However, we do understand that sharing information of this nature may cause distress and unwanted feelings. Therefore, for anyone wanting support during or after the completion of this survey, support is available via the National Male Support Helpline on 0808 800 5005 or visit where access to online chat and local face to face service information is available.

This survey will be open for an 8-week period. The survey opens on Friday 21 July and closes on Friday 15 September 2017.

If you would like further information about the Survey – or about any aspect of the project, please do not hesitate to contact Tom Leavesley who is leading this work.

Tom Leavesley, Project Manager, LimeCulture CIC

0203 633 0018


Do you provide support services to males who have experienced sexual violence?

If the answer is yes, we want to hear from you!

We are holding a Consultation Workshop on Wednesday 19 July (10am-12noon) in London and we are inviting providers of support services for male victims/survivors of sexual violence to join us to discuss the development of quality standards for services supporting males. To book a place at the free workshop please click here.

LimeCulture is working in partnership with Male Survivors Partnership to develop quality standards for services for male survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation.

Funded by a grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, a two-year project, which started in May 2017, will see the development of new quality standards which will be rolled out nationally across the UK.

The project involves

  •  A comprehensive review of existing service standards consulting with experts in the field, service leads and commissioners while listening to the views of males who have accessed support about what works.
  •  Design and trial of standards resulting in an agreed framework for services supporting males that will be rolled out across the UK in early 2018.
  • During 2018,  the project will trial an accreditation process to sit alongside the quality standards, supporting up to 10 organisations to meet the quality standards and reach accreditation by 2019.

For males who have experienced sexual violence these new standards and the accreditation process that goes with them, will give a layer of reassurance about the quality of the services they are accessing at a time when they are feeling most vulnerable.

To support the standards development we are consulting with services currently supporting male victims/survivors in order to:

  • Gather information which will enable us to develop standards which are fit for purpose and address the quality expectations of services supporting male survivors,
  • Seek provider views on the scope of the standards and what the quality standards should include,
  • Provide details on opportunity for future engagement including survey of male victims/survivors who have accessed services and quality standards accreditation and monitoring trial.

For more information, please contact Dedicated Project ManagerTom Leavesley (