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Your Vision: Support for young women in East Lothian

Understanding experiences of unhealthy relationships and sexual assault and how services can be more supportive

Join us on Wednesday 30 November for an online event looking at new research into support for young women in East Lothian.

This work was carried out by YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement, and commissioned by Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre and Women’s Aid East and Midlothian and funded by the East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership to understand how many young women and non-binary people in East Lothian have experienced abuse or harm in their own relationships, and how many have experienced sexual assault.

The research looks at where they go for support currently, if there are barriers to getting support, and what kind of support is needed. With the findings from this project, services will evolve to better suit the needs of young people in the local community.

In this event, the findings of this report will be presented by Rhianna Mallia, Research and Impact Manager at YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement, supported by members of the Young Women’s Research Collective. Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre and Women’s Aid East and Midlothian will talk about the plans for service development.

This project has been designed by a group of young women from East Lothian, the Young Women’s Research Collective . A national survey ran from May – September 2022 and collected a total of 110 complete responses. All respondents were located within the local authority area of East Lothian.

We found that:

– Just under a third (31%) of survey respondents had been in a relationship with someone who was abusive or harmed them physically or emotionally.

– Over a third (36%) of survey respondents had experienced sexual assault.

This builds on the work of ‘The Rise Report: Supporting young women in their intimate relationships’ which details the findings of a national research project that investigates young women’s experiences and understanding of unhealthy relationships, domestic abuse and access to support.

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