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

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

We've re-opened our Edinburgh based service for long-term support and new referrals to all survivors of sexual violence.

Our helpline is covered by Rape Crisis Scotland’s Helpline. For support and to make a referral call: 08088 010302 (every day, 6pm-midnight). It's free from landlines and most mobile providers. Please only leave a message on our support line about an existing appointment.

ve produced a booklet for survivors looks at trauma, the effects of sexual violence, ways of coping and recovery. 

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

Read our blog here.

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