If you are a professional and supporting someone, you may have guidance within your workplace about supporting survivors. Support and supervision is important at this time. Should you not have access to this, we suggest that you speak to your line manager and request enhanced support.
Workers from external agencies can contact us to speak with a support worker. We do not need to know any personal details but you may wish to talk through the issues you are currently supporting someone with get some information about resources which may be helpful.
We also recognise that professionals often need a space to talk about their own feelings. Workers often worry about saying the wrong thing, or not knowing enough about other support available. When supporting someone who has experienced rape, sexual abuse or exploitation it is very important that you also take care of yourself. Sometimes when supporting someone a ‘story’ can get stuck in your head and affect you unexpectedly and can develop into secondary or vicarious trauma so self-care is important.
Should you want to speak to a support worker in confidence please contact us on 01592 642336 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you can access:
Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline: 08088 01 03 02
Available daily 5pm – midnight