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Our Vision, Mission and Values

Our vision
Our vision is a world free from sexual violence and a society in which everyone has the equality, freedom and choice to lead the lives they want.

Our mission 
At Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre (ERCC) we provide a range of services to support women, all members of the trans community, non-binary people, and young people (aged 12-18) who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.

  • Support – we provide specialist trauma informed face-to-face support, support for survivors of recent rape and sexual assault (within the past 14 days), group support and support by video, phone and email.
  • Advocacy – we support survivors to make a report to the police, where they elect to do so, and provide advocacy and support throughout the justice process.
  • Prevention – as part of Rape Crisis Scotland’s National Prevention Network we offer free, high quality sexual violence prevention education to 11 – 25 year olds in schools, youth groups and other youth settings in Edinburgh.
  • Information – we produce and provide a wide range of information on our services, sexual violence and its effects, ways of coping and practical legal information.
  • Training – drawing upon our knowledge and experience we provide high quality training courses for workers in other agencies who work with or support survivors of sexual violence.

At ERCC we listen, we believe, we support and we empower survivors of sexual violence.

Our values

At Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre (ERCC), we are…


Love is at the centre of ERCC – we care for survivors and offer them the love they need and deserve. We believe that healing is possible and create a safe space for people to find it. Being loving is our commitment to hope and also our act of resistance.


We work to empower survivors by honouring their views, supporting them to be independent and make informed choices about their healing journey.


Being inclusive means that we are committed to acting in solidarity with marginalised groups by actively challenging the systems – both internal and external – which oppress us.


We welcome discussions about our actions, share our approaches, and we listen to feedback from our staff, volunteers and survivors. We acknowledge our failures so we can grow and learn.


We are committed to being brave – even when we don’t feel it – by striving for growth, taking risks, and being bold.

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