Ian Feis-Bryce was the first male specialist Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) in the UK. ISVAs have existed formally since 2006 supporting victims of sexual violence report incidents to the police, advocate for their needs throughout investigation, and to support them when attending court. Whereas men have been able to access some ISVA services in the UK, they are often an ‘add on’ to a service designed to support women. Working for Survivors Manchester Ian successfully piloted the first male specialist ISVA service designed to support the needs of men.
Ian currently works for Together for Mental Wellbeing as a Forensic Mental Health Practitioner in London courts as part of the national Liaison and Diversion pilot scheme. In this role Ian is also piloting an LGBT championship to provide specialist training and support to other mental health practitioners regarding the needs of LGBT clients in the criminal justice system.
Ian is working and studying towards becoming a chartered Forensic Psychologist and in September will embark on a Forensic Psychology MSc.
Ian will be speaking on ‘Do real men get raped?’ panel on Sunday 2nd of August.