We respect the courage and strength it takes to speak out about your experience of sexual violence, whether it has been a recent assault or it happened a long time ago. Our services are open to women, girls aged 12 and over and all members of the transgender community who have experienced any form of sexual violence, at any time in their lives by male or female abusers. We also provide support to family, friends and partners and agency workers who are in a supportive role.
All our support services are free and we offer appointments on weekdays, evenings and weekends. What you tell us remains confidential within our support team. We will not tell anyone that you have contacted us, unless you want us to. However there are some circumstances when we are required by law to share information - for further information view our confidentiality page. We will listen, believe and support women of any age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation (lesbian and bisexual women), disability, religious and cultural background.
If English is not you your first language we can arrange for an interpreter and we can have our leaflets translated. If you are deaf or hard of hearing we can provide support via Typetalk, email or letter. We can also arrange for a British Sign Language or signed English interpreter.
There are two steps to our building and we have a portable ramp to facilitate wheelchair access available by request.
Our support services:
We offer phone support via our helpline 0131 556 9437. This is open at different times. When it is not on, the answering machine will tell you when it is next on. You can call back then, or leave a message and we will call you back. We will not say who we are unless we speak to you directly. Our number is always withheld. You can use the helpline for ongoing support. We are committed to providing a high quality support service. For this reason, from time to time, our helpline is monitored internally for training purposes.
Face to face support
When you contact us we will offer you a face-to-face support session. You can use this time in any way you choose, and we can talk through what support we can offer. After this, if you would like long-term support, you can go on the waiting list.
This is 16 weekly or fortnightly, hour-long sessions with the same support worker for survivors and 6 hour-long sessions for family, friends and partners. Unfortunately, we currently have a waiting list which is several months.
Our support groups for survivors provide opportunities to meet with other survivors, and share experiences and support. They are usually for around 6-8 women and are survivor-led. They are facilitated by 2 or 3 of our workers.
E-mail and letter support
We understand that some people have difficulty talking over the phone and it is common to feel uncomfortable speaking about your experience of sexual violence. You can access support via letter or email if that is better for you. Our dedicated support email is:
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Frequently asked questions:
How does EWRASAC work?
We work to empower survivors: to support survivors to find and make their own choices. We can give you information and support, but we believe that you are the expert in your own life. This means that we will not tell you what to do.
Do you accept referrals?
Yes we accept referrals from agencies.
Where is EWRASAC?
We are based in Edinburgh city centre. Our address is 1 Leopold Place, Edinburgh EH7 5JW.
Can I bring someone with me?
Yes. If you want to bring someone please let us know when your appointment is made. If you decide at a later point or at the last minute to bring someone with you please give us a ring to let us know in advance.
What if I need to cancel my support session?
We ask that you give us a ring or leave a message as soon as you can to let us know. We understand that you may not be able to make your support session for a variety of reasons. If you miss your appointment we will ring you to see if you would like to make another one.
Do you make home visits?
We are able to make home visits for those who have limited mobility or in exceptional circumstances. Contact us on our helpline for further information and to make an appointment.
Do you provide support for male survivors?
We do not provide face-to-face support for male survivors, but we do offer limited helpline support. We can give you information about other services. For a list of support agencies for male survivors please see our useful contacts section.