Women's Project

The Women`s Project provides legal advice and representation to refugee and migrant women and children in Scotland who have an unsettled asylum/immigration position and who have experienced gender-based violence in their country of origin and/or the UK.

Gender-based violence can take many forms including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Forced and child marriages
  • Female genital cutting
  • Sexual abuse
  • Ritual abuse
  • Honour related violence
  • Human trafficking

Please note that our services are transgender inclusive.

Legal advice

The Women’s Project provides advice, assistance and representation for women and children in Scotland who have experienced gender based violence in the following areas:-

  • Claiming asylum/international protection in the UK
  • Immigration status
  • National Referral Mechanism (identification of victims of human trafficking)
  • Rights to practical and financial support such as safe housing, financial support, community care 
  • Compensation claims  
If you wish advice, contact us

Please download our leaflet here.

Second-tier advice

We also provide free advice to other lawyers, organisations and individuals who are assisting or supporting refugee and migrant women and children who have experienced gender based violence (whether in their country of origin, en route to the UK or in the UK).

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 Women’s Project has the following staff: 
  • Kirsty Thomson - Solicitor (Senior Associate and Head of Department)
  • Sarah Crawford - Solicitor
  • Nicola Underdown - Solicitor
  • Iona Stewart - Legal Secretary

Further information on project staff

The project is also supported by a volunteer programme

Funders

The Women’s Project is supported by funds from the Scottish Government Violence against Women Fund and Comic Relief.