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How we can help

We help self-identifying women aged 16 and over affected by violence and abuse by providing free legal information and advice through our helpline, legal surgeries and ongoing casework.

What you tell us and our advice to you is confidential. However, we might need to consider informing the police or other authorities if you tell us something where we think you are in danger, a child is in danger or if we think a crime is going to be committed. The information offered through our Legal Helpline is either provided by, or with supervision from, a qualified solicitor.

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Helpline | 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

Learn more about our helplines here.

Legal Surgeries

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We offer fortnightly surgeries where appointments can be booked with our solicitor for legal information and advice. The surgeries take place in safe, women only centres located in the following places:

  • Dundee
  • Edinburgh
  • Forth Valley
  • Glasgow
  • Inverness
  • Lanarkshire
  • Sexual harassment surgery (in Glasgow)

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 more information on your local surgery here.

Representation

Sometimes we are also able to provide free legal representation in cases where there is unmet or complex legal need, for example where a woman cannot afford a solicitor but is not eligible for legal aid. We would always have to consider the circumstances of the particular case, and our capacity.

If you are looking for representation read our take on process here and apply through the form.

Advice For Workers

Professionals who support or advocate for women victims/survivors of gender based violence can also contact us through our helpline to obtain legal information.

08088 010 789

All our helplines are open as usual.

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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