Rape Crisis Scotland helpline: 08088 01 03 02

Police and legal information

We have collated the following legal information resources for those who have experienced sexual violence:


Rape Crisis Scotland’s leaflet on police and legal advice covers reporting to the police, the accused, precognition investigation, cases to court and sentencing.

They have also produced a video guide, Survivors’ Guide to the Scottish Justice System (overview here) – this is for anyone who is thinking about reporting a sexual crime or who has already reported and their case is currently in Scottish justice system.

The video includes interviews with key professionals (specially trained police officer, a rape crisis advocacy worker, a Procurator Fiscal, a defence lawyer, an advocate for the prosecution and a judge) and an overview of how to report and what you may expect at each stage of the process.

 


Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC)

Legal advice helpline

If you are looking for legal information or advice you can contact the SWRC through their helpline or by appointment at their legal surgeries.

Helpline | 08088 010 789
Monday   2 – 5pm
Tuesday   6 – 8pm
Wednesday  11am – 2pm
Friday   10am – 1pm

The helpline is available to any woman in Scotland looking for legal advice or information and is run by solicitors from JustRight Scotland and students from the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic. On request, they can arrange language interpreters.

The helpline can be extremely busy, please keep trying to get through. Due to the volume of calls they receive, they cannot respond to voicemails.

Legal advice clinic in Edinburgh

The SWRC run a fortnightly surgery in Edinburgh where appointments can be booked with our solicitor for legal information and advice. A trained support worker will be on hand if you wish to speak with her about the impact of your experience, how you are coping or how to access further support. Find out more about this on their I Need Help page.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal information resources 

The SWRC have produced the following helpful information pages for survivors of gender-based violence.

Information and support for anyone experiencing sexual violence and harassment in the workplace

Information for women experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace including actions you may consider, employers’ responsibilities and the law. Published on: March 2016.

Civil Damages Legal Guide

This guide outlines factors to consider when deciding whether or not to make a claim, the risks and benefits of a civil damages claim, and what can be compensated for. Published on: December 2018.

Stopping Harassment – A Legal Guide

The ‘Stopping Harassment’ legal guide explains how to obtain protective orders to improve women’s safety and will be a helpful resource for any woman living with stalking or harassment or for professionals who may have a role in supporting survivors. Published on: November 2016.

Getting Legal Representation

Getting involved with a legal dispute can be a daunting process, and sometimes finding a solicitor and getting started can be a difficult step. This information will guide you through the process of finding a solicitor, knowing what to look for, and what you can do to prepare for an initial meeting with a solicitor. Published on: March 2017. 

Reporting Domestic Abuse – Your Rights

This leaflet will provide you with some information about what to expect if you report an incident to the police and outlines some of your basic rights. Published on: April 2018.

Reporting Sexual Crimes – Your Rights

This leaflet will provide you with some information about what to expect if you report an incident to the police and outlines some of your basic rights. Published on: August 2018.

Reporting Stalking – Your Rights

This leaflet will provide you with some information about what to expect if you report an incident to the police and outlines some of your basic rights. Published on: April 2018. 

Reporting Forced Marriage – Your Rights

This leaflet will provide you with some information about what to expect if you report an incident to the police and outlines some of your basic rights. Published on: April 2018.


Other  legal and reporting to the police resources:

>> You may be able to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

>> Read our blog: What happens at a forensic medical examination following a rape or sexual assault

>> The Scottish Government have produced this resource on rape and sexual assault which includes investigating and prosecuting rape and sexual assault. It covers: legal definitions; diagram of police and prosecution process; police process; prosecution process; going to court; sentencing and after; private prosecution; and civil action.

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ERCC makes every effort to maintain the accuracy of the information on this website. We cannot accept responsibility for, and disclaims all liability for, any loss or damage which may arise from use of the information.

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Information last updated June 2019

 

 

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