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Question reference: S5W-18541

  • Asked by: Ruth Maguire, MSP for Cunninghame South, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 4 September 2018
  • Current status: Answered by Christina McKelvie on 13 September 2018


To ask the Scottish Government what support it provides to rape crisis centres.


In 2018-19, the Scottish Government will provide £50K each to 16 rape crisis centres across the country. Thanks to our support, a 17th centre will open later this month in Moray. We are also providing Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis Centre with one-off funding of £35K to support advocacy, encourage reporting and work with young people.

In addition Rape Crisis centres also receive funding for specific pieces of work through the Equally Safe (Violence against Women and Girls) Fund. These include projects such as the Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (RASAC) Perth and Kinross’ Pathways to Prevention or the Ruby Project by Greater Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis.

We provide £1.7 million in funding to 2018-20 the Rape Crisis Scotland’s National Advocacy Project, to provide advocacy workers in each local Rape Crisis centre.

On 4 September the First Minister announced that a further £2 million over three years to speed up access to support for those affected by rape or sexual assault. This includes £1.5 million for rape crisis centres, with that funding starting from October 2018 so it can start to make a difference immediately.