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PRESS RELEASE: Helpline opens in Scotland to offer advocacy for women survivors of violence and abuse

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The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC) have today (Tuesday 29th October) launched an advocacy support helpline for women survivors of gender based violence living in Scotland.

When women experience abuse or violence, every aspect of their lives is affected. This means facing issues related to children welfare, finances, housing, employment and the justice system, among many others.

In response to this, the helpline has been set up to help women answer their questions about these issues, to discuss their circumstances and to get information about how to access the right support services.

In addition, women can get short and long-term advocacy representation for processes where they want to make sure their voice is heard.

The helpline is open every Tuesday, 11am to 2pm and it is run by experienced advocacy workers.

More information about the service can be found on:

Katy Mathieson, SWRC Coordinator said:

We are delighted to be launching an advocacy helpline at the SWRC. This helpline will complement our legal helplines and surgeries by offering women survivors of gender based violence, information and support around the barriers they experience when they are engaged in the justice process.”


About the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre

The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre was launched in 2015 as a collaboration between Rape Crisis Scotland, JustRight Scotland and the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic.

The Centre provides free legal information, advice, representation and advocacy support to women in Scotland who have experienced or are experiencing gender based violence.

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COVID-19 UPDATE: All our helplines are open as usual.

Legal advice

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

Advocacy support

Tuesday 11 am - 2 pm