Find local support
There are 17 local rape crisis centres across Scotland. All of them offer free and confidential support and information. Although not every area has a centre, you can contact any of them for help and advice. Some centres offer outreach which means they can travel to other towns and villages in an area.
All centres are independent and their services vary. You can phone, write or email, and in some places you can access support in other ways too, like Skype or instant messaging.
Support can be one-off – or it can take place over a longer period, depending on your needs and what the centre is able to offer.
Rape Crisis Centres will give you time to talk. They will listen to what you say and give you information, for example about your options, about the law, health and medical issues.
All centres have advocacy workers who can help talk you talk things through if you’re thinking about reporting. They can also support you during the justice process – for example they can accompany you to clinics or the police station, or be in court with you for emotional support during a trial. Find out more about advocacy support here
Some centres have services especially for young people; some also offer group support, workshops and therapies such as aromatherapy and relaxation techniques.
Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis Centre
Dumfries & Galloway RASAC (South West)
Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre
Fife Rape and Sexual Assault Centre
Forth Valley Rape Crisis
Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis Centre
Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre
Moray Rape Crisis
Orkney Rape & Sexual Assault Service (ORSAS)
Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Perth & Kinross
Rape and Sexual Abuse Service Highland (RASASH)
Rape Crisis Grampian
Helpline/support: To refer email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: 01224 590 932; email@example.com
Scottish Borders Rape Crisis
The Compass Centre (Shetland)
The STAR Centre
Western Isles Rape Crisis Centre
If you’re looking for other kinds of help and information, ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) has details on a wide range of agencies and organisations all over Scotland.