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RISE @ SWRC

RISE (Rights, Information, Support and Engagement) is a project created for women selling or exchanging sex in Scotland who at any point in their lives have experienced abuse or violence and wish to know what their rights are.

Please know that the abuse you experienced doesn't need to have happened in the course of selling/exchanging sex.

We are here to support you to make informed decisions about your situation and help you explore the legal options available to you in a judgement-free and confidential space.

Your privacy and confidentiality

We take your privacy and safety very seriously.

To ensure confidentiality, when contacting us you can choose not to tell us your full name or use a different name.

Even if you did share your full name, lawyers must keep your information confidential and it is not easy for a lawyer to share information without your permission.

This means that we won't share your details with other agencies, services or organisations, unless we have your permission, someone is in immediate danger or we are required to do so by law. These circumstances are very rare.

If you have any concerns about the issues you are experiencing and your confidentiality, we can discuss them when you contact us through our legal advice surgeries or helplines.

How can we help?

Webinars about your rights

We run monthly webinars focusing on topics highlighted by women who sell or exchange sex, where we give initial information about your rights and options.

  • Our first webinar will run in August. Date and theme to be announced soon.

Legal advice

If you are looking for legal advice, you can contact our solicitors in two ways:

Legal advice surgeries: our specialist RISE solicitors can offer you a 1 hour call to discuss your situation and give you advice about your options. Calls can take place between Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm at a time and day that works for you. If you're interested in this service, please fill out the form at the end of this page.

Legal helpline: our legal helpline is an option if you are looking for initial advice. The helpline is open every working day as follows:

08088 010 789

Legal helpline

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

Advocacy support helpline

Tuesday 11 am - 2 pm

Advocacy support

If you need help to access government and support services, to understand the criminal justice process or you have general questions about the justice system, our advocacy workers can help.

You can contact them by calling our Advocacy Support Helpline open:

  • Tuesdays, 11am to 2pm on 08088 010 789.

Read more about what advocacy support is here.

Legal representation in civil courts

We can take a limited number of cases for representation in civil court. Civil cases include child contact cases, requests for protective orders, criminal injuries compensations, to name some examples.

If you would like us to consider your case, fill out our Take On form here. If you are unsure whether we can represent you, contact our helpline.

Legal advice surgeries

Our solicitors can offer you a 1 hour call to discuss your situation and give you legal advice. Calls are free and confidential and they can take place Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, at a time that is convenient for you.

If you would like to have a call with our solicitors, please fill out the form below with your contact details, and we will get in touch with you within 5 working days.

Fields marked with a * are required.

How do you prefer to be contacted? *

If you prefer to be contacted by phone, let us know if:

It's safe to leave a voice message:

It's safe to text you:

Your privacy: *

Final confirmation: *

08088 010 789

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

Legal advice

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

Advocacy support

Tuesday 11 am - 2 pm

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