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

22. Breathing Space

Breathing Space

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

Web: https://breathingspace.scot/

Helpline Telephone National Free
2. Access 2 Safety

access2safety

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

Web: www.access2safety.co.uk

Website Online Professional referral National Costs money
8 Amina

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

Web: www.mwrc.org.uk/

Website Professional referral Self referral National Free
9. Amis

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

Web: www.abusedmeninscotland.org/

Helpline Online Self referral Telephone National Free
11. ASSIST

ASSIST

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

Web: www.assistscotland.org.uk/

Services & somewhere to go Online Self referral Local Free
27. CARA

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

Web: http://www.wdhscp.org.uk/mental-health-services-for-cyp-adults/counselling-support-for-women-children-and-young-people/

Services & somewhere to go Professional referral Self referral Local Free
30. CEDAR With Text

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

Web: www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/emergencies/domestic-abuse/children-and-young-people/

Services & somewhere to go Professional referral Self referral Local Free
32. Childline No Text

Childline

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

Web: www.childline.org.uk

Helpline Online Telephone National Free
43. Crisis Counselling

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.

Web: www.crisiscounselling.co.uk/

Services & somewhere to go School Referral Local Free
49. Police Scotland

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.

Web: www.scotland.police.uk/advice-and-information/domestic-abuse/

Website Online Self referral National Free
61. Future Pathways With Text

Future Pathways

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

Web: www.future-pathways.co.uk/

Website Online Self referral Telephone National Free
63. Galop

Galop

Galop supports LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence.

Web: www.galop.org.uk/

Website Online National Free
75. Jewish Womens Aid No Text

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.

Web: www.jwa.org.uk/

Helpline Self referral Telephone National Free
80. LGBT Domestic Abuse

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

Web: www.lgbtdomesticabuse.org.uk/

Website Online National Free
81. LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation

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

Web: www.lgbt.foundation/

Website Online National Free
105. Nat Domestic Abuse Helpline

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

Web: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

Helpline Website Online Self referral Telephone National Free
117. Rape Crisis

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

Web: www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/

Services & somewhere to go Online Self referral Telephone National Free
122. Runaway Helpline

Runaway Helpline

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

Web: www.runawayhelpline.org.uk

Helpline Website Online Self referral Telephone National Free
125. Samaritans2

Samaritans

A 24 hour support service for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.

Web: www.samaritans.org

Helpline Online Self referral Telephone National Free
131 Scotlands Domestic Abuse Helpline

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.

Web: www.sdafmh.org.uk/en/

Helpline Online Telephone National Free
18. Benefits Grants

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

Web: www.mygov.scot/apply-for-scotlands-redress-scheme

Helpline Website Online Self referral Telephone National Free
135. Scot Womens Rights Centre

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

Web: www.scottishwomensrightscentre.org.uk/

Helpline Website Online Self referral Telephone National Free
141. SHOUT

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

Web: www.giveusashout.org/

Helpline Website Online Telephone National Free
154. The Mix

The Mix

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

Web: www.themix.org.uk/

Website App Online Telephone National Free
191. Womens Aid Clydebank

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

Web: www.clydebankwomensaid.co.uk/

Services & somewhere to go Online Self referral Local Free
191. Womens Aid Clydebank

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

Web: http://www.ddwa.org.uk/

Services & somewhere to go Online Self referral Telephone Local Free
193. Scottish Womens Aid

Women's Aid - Scotland

Information and support on all aspects of domestic abuse.

Phone: 0800 027 1234

Web: www.womensaid.scot/

Services & somewhere to go Online Self referral Telephone National Free
Fear Free

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

Web: www.fearfree.scot/

Website Online Professional referral School Referral Self referral Telephone National Free
Hemat Gryff

Hematt Gryffe Women's Aid

Safe temporary accommodation and culturally sensitive support for women, children, and young people. 

Phone: 0141 353 0859

Web: www.hematgryffe.org.uk/

Services & somewhere to go Online Self referral Local Free
Safer Scotland

Safer Scotland

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.

Web: www.safer.scot/

Website Online National Free
WD Women's Services

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.

Web: www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/emergencies/domestic-abuse/help-for-women/womens-safety-support-service/

Services & somewhere to go Professional referral Self referral Local Free
NSPCC Logo

NSPCC

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. 

Web: https://www.nspcc.org.uk

Website Online National Free
Sowing Seeds

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.

Web: https://vimeo.com/334642616

Website Online National Free