Resources for: Gender Based Violence/Abuse
‘There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.’ United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon.
Women, children and men can all be victims of violence. There is a a national focus on taking action on all forms of violence against women and girls. By this we mean the violent and abusive behaviour carried out predominantly by men directed at women and girls precisely because of their gender. Behaviour that stems from systemic, deep-rooted women’s inequality, and which includes domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault, commercial sexual exploitation (like prostitution), and so called ‘honour based’ violence like female genital mutilation and forced marriage. Reference
Breathing Space is a free, confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 who is feeling low, anxious or depressed.
Helpline number: 0800 83 85 87
access2safety specialist language support service helps overcome the barriers to services vulnerable black and minority ethnic women can experience – particularly services for domestic abuse, sexual abuse, rape, exploitation or abusive cultural practices. Costs
Amina: The Muslim Women's Resource Centre
Amina MWRC offers a range of programmes to support, empower and improve the lives of Muslim and BME women living in Scotland. It provides a helpline and webchat for confidential support and advice, telephone befriending, employability support, financial advice and advocacy, and a preventative programme to challenge misogyny and violence against women in the Muslim and BME communities.
Helpline number: 0808 801 0301
Phone: 0141 212 8420
AMIS (Abused Men in Scotland)
AMIS supports men who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. It runs a national helpline and its website has resources for men at risk and their workers.
Helpline number: 03300 949 395
ASSIST provides support to families going through the domestic abuse courts. Their aim is to ensure that all victims of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age or ethnicity are safe, informed and supported throughout their involvement with the criminal justice system.
Phone: 0141 276 7710
CARA (challenging and responding to abuse)
CARA provides confidential counselling support to children, young people of school age and women who have experienced domestic abuse, rape, and/or sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. Both self and agency referrals are welcomed
Phone: 0141 562 8800
CEDAR (children experiencing domestic abuse recovery)
CEDAR offer a free and confidential service for children and young people aged 4-16 years and their mothers. Self and Agency referrals are welcomed
Phone: 0141 562 8870
Childline Counselling service for children and young people in the UK. Phone, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.
Helpline number: 0800 11 11
Crisis Counselling (Erskine Counselling)
Crisis Counselling offers counselling therapy to children and young people aged 10 and over experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties. Referral through Education services.
Domestic Abuse - Police Scotland
Police Scotland's website has information about domestic abuse, how to report if you or someone you know is a victim, support you can receive, and a message to perpetrators.
Future Pathways supports adults who were subject to abuse in a care setting as children by providing support with work and education, housing and benefits, counselling and trauma support, and access to records.
Phone: 0808 164 2005
Jewish Women's Aid
Jewish Women's Aid is the only specialist organisation in the UK supporting Jewish women and children affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.
LGBT Domestic Abuse Support
The LGBT Domestic Abuse project works across Scotland to raise awareness of LGBT people's experiences of domestic abuse and improve service responses to LGBT people who experience domestic abuse and other forms of gender based violence.
Helpline number: a range of helpline information is available on the website
LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.
Phone: 0345 3 30 30 30
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Free, confidential advice to people experiencing domestic abuse. 24 hour helpline. Live webchat available via the website.
Helpline number: 0808 2000 247
Rape Crisis Scotland
Information on helpline and Rape Crisis centres across Scotland who provide trauma-informed support. The website also contains a number of resources for survivors, friends and family, and young people.
Helpline number: 08088 01 03 02
Runaway Helpline can help if you are thinking about running away, if you have already run away, or if you have been away and come back. You can also contact if you are worried that someone else is going to run away or if they are being treated badly or abused.
Helpline number: call or text 116 000
A 24 hour support service for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.
Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
A helpline and website to support anyone experiencing domestic abuse or forced marriage, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them. A confidential, sensitive service, including an interpreting service, for anyone who calls.
Scotland’s Redress Scheme
Scotland’s Redress Scheme is for survivors of historical child abuse in care in Scotland. It has been set up to recognise and acknowledge what happened, and the harm this abuse caused. The scheme covers: physical abuse sexual abuse emotional abuse neglect You can apply for Scotland’s Redress Scheme if you were abused: as a child (when you were 17 years old or younger) before 1 December 2004 in Scotland in a relevant care setting.
Helpline number: 0800 211 8403
Scottish Women's Rights Centre
A unique collaborative project providing free legal information, advice, representation and advocacy support to self-identifying women in Scotland affected by violence and abuse.
Helpline number: 08088 010 789
SHOUT Crisis text service
Shout is the UK's first and only free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.
Helpline number: 85258 free text support service
The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.
Phone: 0808 808 4994
Women's Aid - Clydebank
Clydebank Women’s Aid is a confidential organisation which provides various services for women, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.
Phone: 0141 952 8118
Women's Aid - Dumbarton
Dumbarton District Women’s Aid (DDWA) is a confidential organisation which provides information, support and, where appropriate, refuge for women and any accompanying children who have experienced or at risk of domestic abuse.
Phone: 01389 751036
Women's Aid - Scotland
Information and support on all aspects of domestic abuse.
Phone: 0800 027 1234
Fear Free Scotland
Support for people experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland who identify as a man or from the LGBT+ community.
Phone: 0131 624 7270
Hematt Gryffe Women's Aid
Safe temporary accommodation and culturally sensitive support for women, children, and young people.
Phone: 0141 353 0859
A website from the Scottish Government with information on the different support services available to you if you have been subject to domestic or intimate image abuse.
WD Women's Safety and Support Services
For women who are experiencing or have survived partner violence or other forms of abuse. You can access the service if: You are a witness at court for domestic abuse or other partner violence You or your partner are receiving a criminal justice social work service You have been charged with a criminal offence and have experienced abuse. Contact is via the web page.
Everything we do protects children today and prevents abuse tomorrow, to transform society for every childhood. Support and tips to help you keep children safe. From advice on children's mental health to staying safe online as well as support for parents.
Sowing Seeds: Trauma Informed Practice for Anyone Working with Children and Young People
This animation was developed by NHS Education for Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government. It is designed to be relevant to all workers within the Scottish workforce who work with children and young people. It aims to support staff to understand the impact of trauma and to know how to adapt the way they work to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people affected by trauma.