Legal Project, Scottish Women's Rights Centre

The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC) is a partnership between the Legal Services Agency, The University of Strathclyde Law Clinic and Rape Crisis Scotland.  The Department has established a Legal Project in order to provide legal advice and representation to women identified through the Centre.

Legal Advice

The SWRC provides free legal advice and information to women over the age of 16 who are affected by violence. This violence can include, but is not limited to:

  • domestic abuse (this can include physical, psychological and financial abuse)
  • rape
  • sexual assault
  • FGM
  • harassment
  • stalking
  • forced marriage
  • Human Trafficking

The Centre will also provide free representation in cases where there is an unmet legal need, for example where a woman cannot afford a solicitor but is ineligible for legal aid or where she has complex legal needs.  We would however always consider the circumstances of the particular case.

Please note that our services are transgender inclusive.

The SWRC runs two legal surgeries where appointments can be booked in advance by phone:

  • Glasgow Surgery at Rape Crisis Glasgow, 30 Bell Street. To book an appointment call: 0141 552 3201
  • Hamilton Surgery at Rape Crisis Lanarkshire, 23 – 25 Brandon Street, Hamilton.  To book an appointment call: 01698 527 003

There is also a legal helpline available on a Wednesday afternoon from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.   The helpline number is 0808 801 0789.

Second-tier advice

We also provide free advice to other lawyers, organisations and individuals who are assisting or supporting women in Scotland affected by violence.

Find out more about obtaining second tier/general advice.

Policy, research and training

Find out more about our policy, research and training work.

Project staff

The Project has the following staff: 
  • Jennifer Dalziel - Solicitor


The Project is supported by funds from the Scottish Legal Aid Board.