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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


Our Advocacy Workers are available every week to answer your questions. Call our helpline on:

08088 010 789 every Tuesday, 11am to 2pm.

Non-legal representation

We are temporarily unable to take on more cases for advocacy representation until further notice. Please check back later for updates.


08088 010 789

Our helpline is currently available:

- Wednesdays between 10am and 1pm

- Thursdays between 1.30pm and 4.30pm

Important: from 10 January 2022 our helpline is temporarily moving to a new format. You can read more about these changes here.