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Sexual Violence & Abuse

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

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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



Fearless is a specialist domestic abuse support service for:

  • Any man
  • Any LGBT person
  • Anyone from an ethnic minority community

Fearless can provide one-to-one support in the following areas:

  • Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
  • Ayrshires
  • Edinburgh & Lothians
  • Fife
  • Forth Valley
  • Glasgow City
  • Lanarkshire
  • Tayside

Fearless workers can offer a range of support including crisis intervention and safety planning, emotional support, mentoring, and practical support with housing, assistance to access appropriate benefits, healthcare and addictions.

Each client will be assigned a dedicated caseworker who will undertake a full needs assessment and risk assessment.

Fearless is a partnership service, drawing on the expertise and specialist input from LGBT Youth Scotland, Shakti Women’s Aid and the Men’s Advice Line to ensure that all support provided is tailored to the needs of the client.

To make a referral you can complete an online form on our website https://fearless.scot, download a
referral form and send via email to fearlessinfo@sacro.org.uk, or give us a call on 0131 624 7266 (Edinburgh and Lothian Office).


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



transsurvivors2They 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.


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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.