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Advocacy support

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At the SWRC we recognise that abuse and violence can affect every aspect of a woman’s life. Some of these challenges can include finding a place to live, engaging with the police, child welfare, accessing healthcare, getting financial support, among others.

Our Advocacy team is here to support you to overcome the barriers that you may face as a result of this experience.

We offer information, support, and non-legal advice and representation to advocate for your rights and make sure your voice is heard.

What is advocacy and who is it for?

Advocacy helps people express their views and defend their rights. Our advocacy workers will support you in exploring the options available to you so that you can make informed decisions about what is best for you.

This service is for women aged 16 years-old and over living in Scotland who have been affected by violence or abuse.

How can advocacy help?

We can help you with the following:

  • Explaining legal processes
  • Communicating with solicitors
  • Support with complaints processes
  • Attending court
  • Reporting a crime
  • Accessing and engaging with other agencies and support services (housing, benefits, NHS, police, immigration, etc).

If you’re unsure whether we can help, get in touch with us through our helpline (see below) to discuss your circumstances.

Getting advocacy support

Helpline

Call our Advocacy Support Helpline to discuss your situation with one of our advocacy workers. All calls are free and confidential:

08088 010 789 - Tuesday, 11am to 2pm

Non-legal representation

Our advocacy workers can take cases for short and long-term support. To access our non-legal representation, call our Advocacy Support Helpline. You can either:

  • Self-refer if you feel advocacy is right for you
  • Ask another agency, organisation or solicitor to refer you.

08088 010 789

Legal information

Monday 2 - 5 pm
Tuesday 6 - 8 pm
Wednesday 11 am - 2 pm
Friday 10 am - 1 pm

Advocacy support

Tuesday 11 am - 2 pm

Sexual harassment

Thursday 5 - 8 pm

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