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Edinburgh Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

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Edinburgh Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

We have changed our name to Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre and will have a new website soon.

We offer free and confidential emotional and practical support and information to women, all members of the transgender community, and young people aged 12-18 who have experienced sexual violence from male or female abusers at any time in their lives. This includes rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and organised sexual abuse and exploitation.

We work to empower survivors of sexual violence: to support them to find and make their own choices. For the last 37 years we have provided support to thousands of survivors. We are based in Edinburgh city centre but we also have outreach services in East Lothian and Midlothian. Our STAR project offers support to young survivors aged 12-18. We also provide support for family, friends or partners and workers who are in a supporting role.

We aim to change attitudes about gender based violence and improve services for survivors. As part of our prevention work with young people we offer free, high quality sexual violence prevention education to 11–25 year olds in schools, youth groups and other youth settings in Edinburgh City. We also run a series of training courses for workers in agencies and can provide tailor made courses.

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You can support our work by:

  • Believing someone who discloses sexual violence to you
  • Supporting them to make their own choices about what they want to do
  • Challenging abusive behaviour or views which promote violence

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Latest News

We will be moving to another central Edinburgh location in March 2017. Our aim is that these premises will have better accessibility for disabled people using our service, and better accommodate the increasing need for our service. There is no further information at the moment. 

NAME CHANGE                      
We've changed our name to Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre. Find out why here

The Scottish Government's booklet on rape and sexual assault gives practical information and advice. 

FUNDRAISING APPEAL        All our services are free and any contribution you can make will help us to keep supporting survivors. Can you help us? 

BOOKLET FOR SURVIVORS    Our booklet for survivors looks at trauma, the effects of sexual violence, coping & recovery.  

Read our report, A Women's Story, which is a personal experience of going through the policing and judicial system after being raped.

Our helpline is covered by RCS's National Helpline. For support or to make a referral call 08088 010302 (freephone every day, 6pm-midnight). Please only leave a message on our support line about an existing appointment.

BLOG                                            Read our blog here. 


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