You may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. There are a range of organisations available that can help you take control of your own life and focus on the future.
Many of these organisations provide help, support and advice on things like:
- safe accommodation
- emotional support
- financial help
- finding work and education
- health and childcare
Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
0800 027 1234 (24 hour service)
Provides confidential information and support to anyone affected by forced marriage or domestic abuse.
The Forced Marriage Unit
020 7008 0151
From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 0151
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Out of hours: 020 7008 1500 (ask for the Global Response Centre)
The Forced Marriage Unit offers advice to anyone living in the UK, whatever their nationality. It also helps British nationals who are facing forced marriage abroad.
Shakti Women's Aid
0131 475 2399
Provides support, advocacy, refuge and information to all black and minority ethnic women, young people and children experiencing or escaping from forced marriage, domestic abuse or honour based violence.
0131 556 9302
Supports the mental health and well-being of black and minority ethnic women in Scotland.
AMINA Muslim Women's Resource Centre
0808 801 0301
Provides counselling, befriending and advice services to help Muslim women live better and safer lives, free from discrimination and abuse.
Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid
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, forced marriage, domestic abuse or honour based violence.
Scottish Women's Aid
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.
Victim Support Scotland
0800 160 1985 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm)
Provides information and support for victims and witnesses of crime.
LGBT Youth Scotland
Edinburgh: 0131 555 394
Glasgow: 0141 552 7425
Dumfries & Galloway: 01387 255058
Text 07786 202 370
Helps lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in Scotland who are experiencing domestic abuse.
Men's Advice Line
0808 801 0327
For men experiencing domestic abuse from their current or ex-partner.
Rape Crisis Scotland
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.
Dundee International Women's Centre
01382 462 058
Provides confidential advice and support to women (in a safe, comfortable, women-only environment) and crisis intervention on forced marriage, domestic abuse, family crises and honour based violence.