Support & Advocacy through the criminal justice process


The decision about whether to report a rape or sexual assault to the police can be a difficult, stressful and confusing one for survivors.

The National Advocacy Project is co-ordinated by Rape Crisis Scotland and delivered by Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre and is a free and confidential service which provides support and advocacy to survivors of sexual violence who are considering reporting to the police, or who have already done so.  Our dedicated advocacy support workers can offer advice, information and support to anyone, including family and friends.

The Advocacy service is independent from the police and we do not share information with them unless specifically asked to by the service user.

You can contact an Advocacy Worker with any questions or concerns you may have about any part of the legal process, whether you have reported or not. They will be able to support you throughout the criminal justice process by providing information about the process and the progress of your case. If required they can also:

  • Support you report to the police in an environment that feels safe and comfortable;
  • Ensure you have the right supports in place for the different parts of the process;
  • Support you to prepare for decisions about the case throughout the process;
  • Support you to attend meetings with the Procurator Fiscal;
  • Ensure you have special measures to assist you to give evidence at trial;
  • Ensure you are supported at court;
  • Support you after the trial has ended, whatever the outcome, and refer you to appropriate supports afterwards if required

If you would like to talk to a Support & Advocacy Worker, or would like to refer someone you are working with, please call 01698 527009 or email

Survivors Guide to the Scottish Justice System

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