Statement on Covid-19 / Coronavirus and Rape Crisis Services
Our focus at Rape Crisis during this exceptionally challenging period is working to minimise disruption for survivors accessing our services and to make sure anyone affected by sexual violence is able to reach out.
We have a responsibility to preserve the wellbeing of staff, survivors and the wider public, and to limit the spread of this virus.
That is why Rape Crisis Centres across Scotland have now stopped face to face support and have moved to support through phone, video or email. The exception to this rule is in Dundee where there is limited face to face contact for women accessing the Vice Versa service. If you are accessing Rape Crisis please contact your local centre to learn about any changes to local provision.
Some centres – particularly those in rural areas - are well used to using technology to help rise to geographical challenges but this is still an adjustment for us all. We are grateful for everyone’s patience as we work to resolve any technical issues that arise now, so that we can provide sustainable support throughout this situation.
In response to #COVID19 we are exploring how we can make support more accessible to you. Our helpline is still here, on the phone, by email and you can contact us by text. We want to make it as easy as possible for anyone affected by sexual violence to get in touch.
Call: 08088 01 03 02
Text: 07537 410027
To survivors: We know that this is a scary, uncertain and anxious situation and that many of the routines, coping mechanisms and distraction techniques that you rely on aren’t all possible right now. We are working on putting together some resources, but for now the only reassurance that we can offer is that this is temporary. This will not be forever, but for as long as it lasts and through the other side Rape Crisis will be right here with you.
Finally we want to send our deepest and heartfelt gratitude to all those carrying out essential work to bring an end to this crisis and to save lives, putting their own wellbeing at risk in doing so. Thank you.