Research conducted by the Scottish Transgender Alliance shows that trans people experience high levels of sexual violence and abuse. You can learn more about this by reading our study into Trans Mental Health, or reading our report on trans people’s experiences of domestic abuse.
Rape Crisis Scotland
If you are a sexual violence survivor, Rape Crisis Glasgow offer a Support to Report project to all people over the age of 13 who need advice, information or support in any stage of the reporting process, whether this is first contacting the police, during the investigation, or during the court process. Click here to go to their website and learn more about this service
Rape Crisis Scotland have also recently published information for LGBTI survivors that gives some more information on what to expect if you use their services, and the types of support they offer. You can read it in full by clicking here.
Although you are always able to call, they have specific hours aimed primarily at LGBTI survivors on Mondays and Thursdays, between 7pm and midnight. The number to call is 08088 01 03 02
Trans Survivors Switchboard
Jointly run by Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard and Survivors Network, this is a helpline which offers support to trans people including those who are non-binary and questioning who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lifetime.
It is open every Sunday, from 1-5pm to all trans people in the UK. You can contact them by calling 01273 204050, by visiting switchboard.org.uk/projects/helpline or by going to www.facebook.com/transsurvivorsswitchboard
They offer non-judgemental emotional support and signposting to other organisations who may be able to offer support. They are a confidential services and can be accessed anonymously via phone, web chat or email. The service is staffed by trans volunteers.
This is the first service of its kind in the UK to offer specialist support for trans survivors. They are sex worker affirmative, LGBT affirmative and are skilled in working with people in vulnerable situations, such as those who are homeless or living with domestic abuse.
If you work with trans survivors of sexual violence, they may (or may not) have some specific support needs from your organisation. If you are ever unsure of best practice, please contact us and we will be happy to support and advise you, either on individual situations or overall best practice.
The LGBT Domestic Abuse Project and Scottish Transgender Alliance jointly published a guide on the inclusion of trans women in women’s services that is a useful resource for starting to think about trans inclusion. You can read it in full by clicking here.