Experiencing multiple types of gender-based violence?
We understand that gender-based violence can look different, or be experienced differently by individuals and that some survivors experience multiple forms of gender-based violence, this can make it hard to know where to get help.
There are organisations that will be able to provide emotional support appropriate for you and based on your needs. As well as having a variety of resources on their websites tailored to your circumstances.
Looking for organisations that work with a variety of survivor circumstances?
At the SWRC, we work across the spectrum of gender-based violence. You can find information about our available services on our website.
Other organisations that can help:
Sexual Violence and Abuse
Rape Crisis Scotland
The RCS Helpline is available daily from 5pm – midnight offering free and confidential support and information to survivors of sexual violence, their friends, relatives and workers.
- Phone number: 08088 01 03 02
- Email: email@example.com
Trauma Counselling Line Scotland
The Trauma Counselling Line Scotland is a confidential telephone counselling to any adult who experienced abuse as a child. This can include sexual, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual abuse or neglect. It works on an appointment basis. Appointments can be made by calling during opening hours (Mon-Wed: 5pm–8pm, Thurs & Fri: 9am-2pm)
- Phone number: 08088 020 406
SAY Women is a voluntary organisation which offers safe, supported accommodation and related services for young women, aged 16-25 years, who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault and who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.
- Phone number: 0141 552 5803
Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment
Scotland’s Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Helpline
Scotland’s Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Helpline is available 24/7 offering support and advice to anyone affected by domestic abuse or forced marriage. For information on your local Women’s Aid group or on refuge accommodation please visit Scottish Women’s Aid.
- Phone number: 0800 027 1234
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre
The Helpline is a listening ear and signposting service for Muslim women across Scotland. It is free from mobiles and landlines and will not appear on your phone bill. All calls are strictly confidential and non-judgemental; Amina will always deal with clients in a faith and culturally-sensitive manner.
Amina can help women in English, Urdu, Arabic, Bangla and Swahili and, when required, using online interpreting.
- Phone number: 0808 801 0301 (Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm)
Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid provide specialist support to women from the Asian, Black and Minority ethnic community who experience domestic abuse influenced by culture and tradition.
- Phone number: 0141 353 0859
Saheliya is a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area.
- Phone number: 0131 556 9302
Shakti Women's Aid
Shakti Women’s Aid helps BME women, children and young people experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse from a partner, ex-partner and/or other members of the household.
- Phone number: 0131 475 2399
Galop - LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline
- Phone number: 0300 999 5428 or 0800 999 5428
10am – 8pm Monday
10am – 5pm Tuesday
10am – 5pm Wednesday
10am – 8pm Thursday
1pm – 5pm Friday
(1pm – 5pm Tuesday is trans specific service).
The National Stalking Helpline
The National Stalking Helpline is available on weekdays between 9.30am and 4pm, excepting Wednesdays when it is available 1-4pm. Offering support and information if you or someone you know is being made to feel harassed or intimidated by the behaviour of another person or is at risk of emotional or physical harm.
- Phone number: 0808 802 0300
- Email: email@example.com
Encompass is a Scottish network of agencies working with people at risk of becoming involved in, who are currently involved in, or who have exited selling or exchanging sexual activity/commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). The safety and well-being of those involved in commercial sexual exploitation / selling or exchanging sex is of prime concern to all Encompass agencies. The agencies are located in different areas across Scotland and details can be found on the website.
In immediate danger or looking to report?
If you feel you are in immediate danger, call the Police on 999. If you are not in immediate danger but would like to report, call the Police on 101. Alternatively, you can fill out Police Scotland’s online form. Police Scotland respond and investigate reports of criminal activity, this includes various forms of gender-based violence.