This women only service is offered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 which permits the provision of single sex services for women in various situations where there is a good reason for them.
From our years of experience working with women and girls who are survivors of sexual violence, abuse, and sexual exploitation, and from feedback from support service users themselves, we know that most women prefer to use a women only service when accessing support for the sexual violence trauma they have experienced. There are several services across the Lothians that provide sexual violence support to women and men and contact details for them can be found in our ‘Useful Links’ information sheet.
Beira’s Place is run by women for women and is led by our women only board of directors. The building itself is ‘women only’ during its opening hours so that women can be assured they can feel safe within a female only environment.