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Links - Women - Dom Abuse

National Resources

Scottish Women's Aid

Phone: 0131 226 6606

Scottish Women's Aid and the network of local groups provide information, support and safe refuge for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. There are groups all over Scotland.

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline

Phone: 0800 027 1234


Confidential information and support is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Freephone number does not appear on itemised phone bills.

They can put you in touch with local services like Women's Aid, or your Housing Department. Helpline volunteers are all women and have received specialist training.


Phone: 999

Domestic abuse is a criminal offence. Forces have specially trained, experienced officers who will speak to you separately from your partner.

Women can ask to be seen by a woman officer. The police can, if you wish, arrange medical aid, transport and a safe place for you to go. Their first priorities are your safety and wellbeing and that of your children.

To contact the police in an emergency call 999. At other times you can contact your local police station. The number will be in the telephone directory.

Rape Crisis Scotland

Phone: 0141 331 4180

Website: www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk

The National Office number is 0141 331 4180 and they can refer you to support available through your local Rape Crisis Centre.

If you are a woman who has been raped or sexually assaulted or who is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, you can contact Rape Crisis Scotland.

Phone numbers for local groups are listed in the telephone directory or are available from the police, social work department or Citizen's Advice Bureau.

National Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline

Phone: 08088 01 03 02

The helpline has been launched to provide support for anyone who has been affected by sexual violence.

The helpline is open every evening between 6pm and midnight and is staffed by a team of trained female staff who will provide free and confidential support, information and signposting to anyone aged 13+ who has experienced sexual violence as well as family, friends and workers.

Survivors UK National Helpline

Phone: 0845 122 1201

(Mon, Tues and Thurs 7pm-10pm)

Website: www.survivorsuk.org

Information, support and counselling for men who have been raped

or sexually abused

Victim Support

Phone: 0845 60 39 213

Victim Support Scotland offers information and support to victims of crime, including domestic abuse, and has local services all over Scotland. All help is free and confidential.

The National Victim Support Scotland Office is located in Edinburgh and can be contacted on 0131 668 4486. To find your local Victim, Witness or Youth Justice Service, contact the lo-call number above, look in the telephone directory or use the online directory of services.


Phone: 0800 1111

This is the free national helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger. It is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You can phone at any time if you need help with a problem.


Phone: 0808 800 4444


This is a free, national telephone advice line providing information about emergency access to refuge services and general housing matters. Their lines are open seven days a week from 8am to midnight.

The Samaritans

Phone: 08457 90 90 90

Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgemental, emotional support, 24 hours a day for anyone in crisis. This number links up all their branches; or you can use the number of your local branch, which you can find in the phone book.


Phone: 0845 122 8622

Careline provides a confidential national telephone counselling service for children, young people and adults on any issue including family, marital and relationship problems, child abuse, rape and sexual assault, depression and anxiety.

Counsellors will be on hand from 10am to 1pm, and 7pm to 10pm Monday to Friday to help talk through your problems.

Amina - Muslim Women's Helpline

Telephone: 0808 801 0301

(Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm)

Website: www.mwrc.org.uk

Confidential information, advice and a listening ear for ethnic minority women.

Other Useful Websites


Information for victims of crime


Information for adult survivors of child sexual abuse


Services for young people on any aspect of sex, contraception and



Information on violence against women and children


Offers information, advice to those experiencing troublesome thoughts, feelings and actions. From the site you are able to print off various self-help guides covering conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, panic and sleep problems.

www.cci.health.wa.gov.au - click on workbooks

Provides workbooks for adults suffering from anxiety, mood and eating disorders.