The Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness Week is happening this week (15th to the 21st May 2023) and this year’s theme is Anxiety. Their hope is to kickstart a nationwide conversation about anxiety, encourage people to talk about their experiences and to share any helpful ideas about how they manage anxiety.
Anxiety is something everyone can experience from time to time and it can be triggered by any event or situation you may feel worried about. Anxiety is a normal feeling we get in response to a worry. Sometimes though, these anxious feelings can get out of control and become more of a problem if we don’t know how to cope with them. Dealing with anxiety can be extremely difficult, and sometimes debilitating.
At Moray Rape Crisis we have a specialist advocacy service to help people who are thinking about reporting to the police, or have already made a report, navigate the criminal justice system.
Whether something happened recently or a long time ago, if you decide to report to the police, we can support you with this and throughout the justice system.
Our Advocacy Workers provide support and information through all stages of the Criminal Justice system, from before a statement is made right through to the resolution of a court case. Reporting to the police, the police investigation and the court process can be a confusing and a stressful time for survivors, their friends and family, but our Advocacy Workers are here to help.
We can support you with:
- information about what to expect if you decide to report and during the legal process;
- the process of making a statement to the police;
- attending meetings with the police or others e.g. the Procurator Fiscal (PF)
- getting updates on what is happening with your case.
- providing information about special measures (e.g. use of a screen, giving evidence by video link, having a supporter in court)
- supporting you in court
- providing post-court support.
If you have been affected by any form of sexual violence, no matter when it happened, you do not have to cope with this on your own.
We are here for you.
We support people of any gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, religious and cultural background regardless of someone’s immigration status and we are fully inclusive of trans survivors.
Our service is confidential. We will listen to you, believe you and respect your choices. We will not tell you what to do or judge your actions.