Help for Victims of Sexual Crime

Police Scotland is committed to supporting victims of rape and other sexual offences regardless of when the attack happened. The support will continue throughout the investigation by providing a service in a professional and compassionate manner whilst conducting a thorough enquiry.  


Sexual crime has a long term devastating affect and we are committed to supporting those who have suffered. We recognise how difficult it can be to report sexual crime and we have specially trained officers who are here to help and support you.


If you have been raped or sexually assaulted:  

  • You do not have to cope on your own.
  • There are many support services which can help you. They know how difficult it is for people to come forward.
  • They will respect you and believe you You are not to blame. The person who raped or assaulted you is to blame.

If you have not yet contacted the police after an attack, then please consider doing so. Specially trained officers will be available to assist you and you can be confident that your complaint will be taken seriously.   


Police Scotland has established a National Rape Task Force which includes Rape Investigation Units in each of the 14 local divisions across Scotland.  These units are led by Detective Inspectors and staffed by specially trained officers.  


Call us on 101 or contact the Rape Crisis Scotland National Helpline on 08088 01 03 02 (daily 6pm-12 midnight). In an emergency always call 999.


For further information check out the following links:


Help for victims of sexual crime

Domestic Abuse

ACPOS Rape Campaign

National Gender Based Violence & Health Programme

NHS Forth Valley - Gender Based Violence

NHS Lothian - Gender Based Violence

NHS Highland - Violence Against Women

Central Sexual Health