Rape Crisis Scotland - Scottish Women's Rights Centre Legal Helpline

Description of service

Free, legal helpline for women survivors of gender based violence across Scotland, including sexual crimes, domestic abuse, stalking, HBV, trafficking, FGM and forced marriage. Offers information and advice on protective orders, reporting crimes, rights of victims in the justice process, welfare, child contact and residence (following GBV) and access to Criminal Injuries Compensation. The helpline is also an access point for legal surgeries where case work and representation can be progressed. Further support includes one-to-one appointments with our solicitors through our legal surgeries as well as free legal representation for a limited number of cases. Can also provide an advocacy support service where we can support women by explaining legal processes, engaging with solicitors and support agencies (police, mental health, etc), providing advice on access to other support services, and filing complaints. Calls to 0808 80 numbers are free to call from landlines and mobile phones within the UK and do not appear on itemised bills.

Key Focus

Legal helpline for women experiencing gender based violence

Age Range

16+

Opening Times

Legal Info – Mon 2-5pm, Tue 6-8pm, Wed 11am-2pm, Fri 10am-1pm Advocacy support – Tue 11am-2pm Sexual harassment – Thur 5-8pm

Area Of Operation

Scotland

Charges

None

Referral Method

Self referral; Agency referral; free second-tier legal information and advice available to professionals supporting women survivors