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Domestic abuse: support

Last updated: 7 August 2017

Support for female victims

If you're experiencing domestic abuse – or have done in the past – you can get confidential support from a range of organisations.

They'll listen to you and believe you. They offer emotional support and can advise on many topics you may have questions about, like:

  • housing
  • legal advice
  • safety
  • support for your children

National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
Phone: 0800 027 1234 (24 hour line)
Provides confidential information and support to anyone affected by domestic abuse.

Victim Support Scotland
Phone: 0345 603 9213 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm)
Provides information and support for victims and witnesses of crime.

Scottish Women's Aid
Phone: 0131 226 6606
Provides advice, support and safe accommodation for women (and their children) who have been abused by their partner or ex-partner. They can recommend local groups.

Scottish Women's Aid can also help you with the practical steps you can take to keep you and your children as safe as possible.

Rape Crisis Scotland
Phone: National Helpline on 08088 01 03 02 (6pm to midnight, 7 days a week)
Provides a rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence. They can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services for ongoing support.

Cedar Network (for children and young people)
The Cedar website also has contact details for all Cedar projects in Scotland, so you can find the phone number for your local Cedar project.

Shakti Women's Aid
Phone: 0131 475 2399
Help for black minority ethnic (BME) women, children and young people who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse.

Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid
Phone: 0141 353 0859
Provides advice, support and safe temporary refuge accommodation for Asian, black and minority ethnic women and young people who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse.

National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline
Phone: 0300 999 5428 or 0800 999 5428
Provides help and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse.

Scottish Women's Rights Centre
Helpline for across Scotland: 08088 010 789 (Every Wednesday, 1.30pm to 4.30pm)
Book an appointment in Glasgow: 0141 552 3201
Book an appointment in Hamilton: 01698 527 003
Free legal help for women affected by violence, such as domestic abuse, rape, stalking, forced marriage and human trafficking. Phone the helpline or book an appointment for one of the surgeries in Glasgow or Hamilton.

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