Rape Crisis Scotland helpline (6pm-midnight):
08088 01 03 02 or text: 07537 410 027

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

Unfortunately, we have had to take the very difficult decision to suspend referrals to the following services:

  • Edinburgh Adult Service that offers support for adult survivors across the City
  • Outreach service in Midlothian and East Lothian
  • STAR service for young people
  • Advocacy service

The ongoing COVID-19 situation limiting the Centre’s capacity and increasing demand following the easing of lockdown mean that we cannot provide support to new referrals to these services in a timely way. However, these closures DO NOT apply to referrals for recent rapes or sexual assaults (i.e. those that have taken place in the last 7 days).

We appreciate that waiting for our referral list to reopen can be difficult. Please see this link for alternative sources of support: List of alternative counselling services.

If you have experienced sexual assault in the past 7 days, please contact us on support@ercc.scot.

You can also get support from the National Rape Crisis Helpline, open every night from 6pm to midnight: 08088 01 03 02, or the textline: 07537 410 027.

Survivors already receiving support will continue to be supported by video/phone/email/text where this is possible and appropriate. We are also resuming some face-to-face support for survivors who put their support on hold during lockdown. Your support worker should be in touch with you about your ongoing support sessions. You can read our leaflet on face-to-face support and what to expect during this time of Covid-19 restrictions here

As things change over the coming weeks and months, we will keep this page updated.


We offer free and confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy to women, all members of the trans community, non-binary people and young people aged 12-18 in Edinburgh, East and Midlothian, who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. This includes, rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, childhood sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation.

We work to change attitudes about gender based violence and improve services for survivors. Our prevention project offers free sexual violence prevention education to 11–25 year olds in schools and other youth settings in Edinburgh City, East, Mid and West Lothian.


Job opportunities

We are recruiting for two Counselling Support Worker posts (28 hours per week, £28,406 pro-rata). Find out more and download an application pack at the Goodmoves website.

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Information about who we support and the specialist trauma-informed support services that we offer.

Recent Rape


Practical information and advice if you have been recently raped or sexual assaulted – and the support we can offer you.

STAR Project


Our STAR project offers confidential support to young people aged 12-18 who have experienced rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual bullying or circulating an intimate image without your consent.

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What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence takes many forms. It could be verbal, physical, emotional, happen online or offline, be perpetrated by someone you know or someone you don’t.

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Prevention work with young people

Our prevention work with young people offers free sexual violence prevention education to 11–25 year olds in schools, youth groups and other youth settings in Edinburgh City, East, Mid and West Lothian.

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Get involved

There are a number of ways you can get involved with Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, through volunteering, fundraising or by becoming our Friend

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