Advocacy Service



17 Claremont Crescent, Leith, EDINBURGH, EH7 4HX
0131 556 9437
North East, North West, South East, South West


Who is the service for?
Young People (16-25), Adults, Women, Men, Secondary School (13-15), Minority Ethnic
What age range is it suitable for?
17 - 25, 26 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 65+


17 Claremont Crescent, Leith, EDINBURGH, EH7 4HX
0131 557 6737




Independent support and information for those navigating the police and court process following sexual violence.

Our dedicated advocacy service offers support to survivors who have decided to, or have already reported to the police following an experience of sexual violence that has happened at any time in your life.

Our advocacy service can offer advice, information and support before, during and after: reporting to the police; police investigation; the court process. You can contact the advocacy service whether or not you have received support from Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre before.

Who is Advocacy for?

- Survivors who have reported or want to report sexual assault or rape to the police
- Survivors of sexual violence over 12
- All women (including trans women), non-binary people and trans men
- Survivors, including men, who are giving a statement via Video Recorded Interview (VRI)

Our Advocacy Service offers:

- Free and confidential trauma-informed support for survivors engaged in the criminal justice system (the police and the courts)
- Space to explore your options and understand the police and court processes
- Specialist workers who can help you understand the criminal justice system and your rights
- Independent from the police and courts

An advocacy worker can:

- Provide emotional and practical support before, during and after: reporting to the police, the police investigation, and the court process
- Explain the police, forensic and court processes to you, ensuring you understand what is happening at each stage
- Be with you when you make a statement to the police
- Be with you at a forensic medical exam
- Attend court appointments with you
- Be with you during giving evidence in court
- Liaise with the police and court on your behalf
- Tell the police about an incident of sexual violence or offender on your behalf

An advocacy worker will:

- Keep what you discuss together confidential
- Let you make your own informed decisions
- Ensure your views and opinions are fully heard and communicated

An advocacy worker will not:

- Tell you what to do
- Put pressure on you to make any decision
- An advocacy worker is on your side and is interested in supporting you to make the decisions that are right for you.

How do I contact the advocacy support service?

To make a referral or an appointment with our advocacy service please leave a message on our call back phone: 0131 556 9437, or you can email our support service on: When you contact us we will aim to offer you an appointment as soon as possible within office hours.

Translated information

Our advocacy information leaflet has been translated into the following languages:

Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Hindi, Polish, Spanish and Urdu.

Other Services Run By

Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre (ERCC)

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