During this difficult time and the unsettling feelings it brings, it can be especially challenging for those who have experienced the trauma of sexual violence. We have put together a list of supportive online resources available during social distancing for survivors.
If you become upset or uncomfortable at any point while reading these, please do take some time out. You could create a safety plan, such as setting boundaries as to when you feel you can safely think about this, choosing a place of comfort where you feel safe or establishing a protective ritual like holding a special object or cup of tea. Have a look at our ideas for calm and relaxation here.
If you feel that you need support immediately please see the list of helplines and webchats below.
Helplines and web chat
>> Rape Crisis Scotland helpline: (6pm – midnight every night) 08088 01 03 02, email firstname.lastname@example.org, textline 07537 410027
>> Edinburgh Crisis Centre: 24/7 freephone helpline 0808 801 0414 or email email@example.com. Emotional support to Edinburgh residents who are over the age of 16 years and are experiencing a mental health crisis.
>> Scottish Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Helpline: 24/7 on 0800 027 1234, email firstname.lastname@example.org or webchat.
>> Shout: 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for people struggling to cope. Text Shout to 85258
>> Samaritans: Call 116 123 (freephone). Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. Open 24/7, 365 days a year.
>> LGBT Scotland: helpline 0300 123 2523, email email@example.com and online support on: Tuesdays 12-9pm, Wednesdays 12-9pm, Thursdays 1-6pm, Sundays 1-6pm.
Consent Collective – Together Apart
The Consent Collective is founded by psychologist Dr Nina Burrowes, a Patron of ERCC, and they they have produced some great videos to help survivors navigate their way through these difficult times. The videos look at how people who have previous traumas may be responding to the challenges presented by social distancing; the impacts on our relationships and managing anxiety.
Watch their videos here and download their helpful worksheet on preparing for the road ahead.
The Consent Collective have a Members Area of further online resources for survivors which you can access if you are receiving support at ERCC. Please contact your support worker for log-in details.
Rape Crisis Scotland Network
- Rape Crisis Scotland’s blog – Finding a way through – some tips from our helpline
- Our STAR project’s blog – My Special Place (guided visualisation)
- Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis – Coping during lockdown