Rape Crisis Scotland helpline: 08088 01 03 02

** Temporary closure of Edinburgh support and counselling service **

Unfortunately due to a high demand for our services, our adult support and counselling service in Edinburgh  is now temporarily closed to new referrals until 7 October.  Our advocacy project is unfortunately also closed to new referrals until 7 October. 

Our STAR service for young people and outreach services in East Lothian and Midlothian are still open to referrals.

We appreciate that waiting for our referral list to reopen can be difficult.  Please see the link below for a list of alternative services that you may wish to contact in the interim.

If you have been assaulted in the past 7 days, please contact us at support@ercc.scot

You can also contact the Rape Crisis Scotland national helpline on 08088 01 03 02 (open every day from 6pm until midnight) for support. 

List of counselling services (updated May 2019)

List of alternative advocacy services (updated May 2019)

Who We Support And Our Services

We respect the courage and strength it takes to speak out about your experience whether it has been a recent assault or it happened a long time ago. When you contact us we will offer you a face-to-face support session. You can use this time in any way you choose, and we can talk through what support we offer. 

Our specialist trauma-informed support services are open to 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, by abusers of any gender. This includes rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, child sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation.

We also provide support to family, friends and partners and agency workers who are in a supportive role.

We will listen, believe and support young people (aged 12 -18) and women and all members of the trans community of any age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity (and non-binary people), religious and cultural background.

If English is not you your first language we can arrange for an interpreter. If you are Deaf or hard of hearing we can provide support via email. We can also arrange for a British Sign Language or signed English interpreter. There are two steps to our building and we have a portable ramp to facilitate wheelchair access available by request.


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) people may may experience negative attitudes in society and prejudice, and have concerns about public revelation of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. All our support workers have been fully trained to be sensitive and respectful through awareness raising training from the Scottish Transgender Alliance. Trans men and non-binary people will be provided with specially tailored individual services with respect to their identities. Trans women will be provided with the same quality of individual and group support as other women.


All our support services are free and we offer appointments on weekdays up to 7pm. What you tell us remains confidential within our support team. We will not tell anyone that you have contacted us, unless you want us to. However, there are some circumstances when we are required by law to share information (please see our safeguarding page for further information).

Women only spaces

We offer women only spaces (which are inclusive of trans women) in our centre on Tuesdays 4pm – 7pm, Wednesdays 12.30pm – 4pm and Fridays 9am – 12.30pm. The rest of the week we offer appointments to people of all genders.


>> Recent rape or sexual assault

>> STAR project for young survivors aged 12 – 18

>> Long-term support

>> Advocacy service

>>  SIA project – survivors from the black, minority and ethnic community

>> Email support

>> Outreach in East Lothian and Midlothian

>> Group support

>> Alcohol counselling

>> Family, friends and partners


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