Edinburgh Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (EWRASAC)

  Description / information
Name of service Edinburgh Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (EWRASAC)
Remit & Target group To provide support to women, girls and transgender people (over 12) who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. Also to offer support and advice to friends, family members, partners and professionals working with survivors.
Services Provided Street sex worker specific (if any) General
  Support: Helpline; one to one face to face, group and e-mail support.
Advocacy and crisis response service. Outreach service in East Lothian.

Training: To provide internal, multi agency and tailored external training
To various organisations and agencies.

Information: To develop & produce free and easily accessible information resources on aspects of sexual violence.
Professionals available
(e.g. clinical staff, social workers, drug specialists etc)
Paid and unpaid support workers.
We recruit, train and induct our own unpaid support workers to adhere to the ethos of empowerment. We also provide a complementary therapy service.
Does your service use volunteers / peer educators etc.? Volunteers continue to be at the heart of our support service.
Because our workers come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, we will utilise relevant expertise to enhance our service.
Where do you offer service(s) from?
(e.g. base/location, outreach, community clinic, drop-in etc)
EWRASAC’s main Centre is based in central Edinburgh. It is currently publicised on a need to know basis.
We will also, when required, visit survivors in their own home.
We have recently developed an outreach service to provide services to survivors in East Lothian.
Service hours / days For administrative purposes, we are staffed every weekday.
To be accessible to survivors, we aim to provide our support service over as wide a timescale as our resources allow.
We commit to providing information on alternative 24 hour services.
Catchment area Edinburgh and the Lothians. We do however support survivors from all over Scotland and beyond.
Eligibility criteria
(including any restrictions e.g. must be drug free / agree to...)
As stated in “Remit and Target” section.
Survivors and their family members, partners and friends who use our service will be required to adhere to EWRASAC’s Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking policies.
Charging policy
(if any)
Free service
Referral Process
(e.g. self or third party referral)
Our core service is currently self referral. However, we are piloting a referral system for our crisis and advocacy service and for our new outreach service in East Lothian.
Referral information required
(including e.g. anonymous access permitted / full identity disclosure required etc)
Minimum contact information
Contact information
(for service users)
Telephone: 0131 557 6737 (Business)
Telephone (alternative): 0131 556 9437 (Support)
Fax: 0131 558 1612
Address
PO Box 120
Brunswick Road
Edinburgh EH7 5WX
Access details
(e.g. induction loop, disabled access, language support available etc)
Minicom service.
Confidential interpretation services arranged.
Leaflets/ information can be provided in alternative languages by request.
We do not currently have wheelchair access, but can arrange to offer support in a mutually convenient, accessible venue.