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COVID-19 and support

COVID-19: Support available for women experiencing abuse

We know that the coronavirus outbreak paired with current social distancing and self-isolation measures can be particularly stressful and challenging for women experiencing abuse.

If you are in this situation, we want to reassure you that you are not alone.

Many organisations, centres and groups are adjusting their services to offer helplines and remote support for those in need.

Below we have compiled a list of services and helplines available with current opening times. We’ll continue to add and review the information as we hear more.

 

Domestic abuse, forced marriage and stalking

  • Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage helpline

Open 24/7

Call: 0800 027 1234
Email: helpline@sdafmh.org.uk
Web chat: sdafmh.org.uk

  • Local Women's Aid groups

Find your local women’s aid group

  • National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline

Monday to Friday, 10am - 5pm and Wednesday to Thursday, 10am - 8pm.

Call: 0800 999 5428
Email: help@galop.org.uk

  • Economic abuse

Surviving Economic Abuse have created a useful guide to help you spot and find safety during the coronavirus outbreak.

  • National Stalking Helpline

Open daily 9:30am - 4pm except Wednesday, 1pm - 4pm

Call: 0808 802 0300

  • FollowIt App - for victims/survivors of stalking

You can download this app to record incidents of stalking.

  • ASSIST (covers most of the Central West of Scotland)

This service supports victims of domestic abuse throughout their involvement with the criminal justice system. It is available for women located in most of Scotland's Central West area - you can see a list of locations covered here.

Call: 0141 276 7710 and leave a message
More information: click here for full details.

Rape and sexual violence

  • Rape Crisis Scotland

Available for survivors of all forms of sexual violence.

Open daily, 6 pm - midnight

Call: 08088 01 03 02
Text: 07537 410027
Email: support@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk

  • Local Rape Crisis centres

Find your local rape crisis centre. Some of them also have a helpline open outside the National Rape Crisis Helpline hours.

  • Trauma Counselling Line Scotland

A helpline for people who experienced childhood abuse.

Open Monday to Wednesday, 2pm - 6pm and Friday, 9am - 3pm.

Call: 08088 02 04 06

Information: visit the website here.

Services for Black and Ethnic Minority women

  • Shakti Women’s Aid

Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Call: 0131 475 2399
Email: info@shaktiedinburgh.co.uk

  • AMINA – Muslim Women Resource Centre helpline

Open Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm.

Call: 0808 801 0301

  • Hemat Gryffe

Open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Call: 07792 017442 or 07866 936644

Sexual harassment and online abuse

  • Sexual harassment legal helpline

Open Thursdays, 5 - 8pm.

Call: 08088 010 789

  • Revenge Porn helpline

Email: help@revengepornhelpline.org.uk

  • Click - support for women selling sex online

Click offers a range of support services, including for wellbeing and safety.

Their chat is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11am - 1pm.

Online chat: www.click.scot/chat

  • The Cyber Helpline

Access their range of guides to help you when your online security has been compromised.

  • Report Harmful Content

This organisation can support you in reporting harmful online content across different social media platforms.

  • Voices of Internet Crime

This site has instructions on removing your images from Google and other websites.

Female genital mutilation ('cutting')

  • NSPCC

Monday to Friday, 8am-10pm and weekends, 9am-6pm

Call: 0808 800 5000
Email: help@nspcc.org.uk

Human trafficking and exploitation

  • Modern slavery helpline

Call: 08000 121 700

Legal advice, practical information and victim support

  • Scottish Women’s Rights Centre

Helplines - 08088 010 789

Legal information
Monday 2 - 5 pm
Tuesday 6 - 8 pm
Wednesday 11 am - 2 pm
Friday 10 am - 1 pm

Advocacy support
Tuesday 11 am - 2 pm

Sexual harassment
Thursday 5 - 8 pm

Surgeries: make an appointment to get specific legal advice. These surgeries will take place by video call or telephone.

Legal representation: we are taking on cases. You can apply for legal representation here.

  • Victim Support Scotland helpline

Open Monday to Friday, 8am - 8pm.

Call: 0800 160 1985

  • Action on Elder Abuse helpline

Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.

Call: 0808 808 8141

Housing, immigration, benefits, and other general support

  • Housing

Shelter Scotland

Call: 0808 800 4444 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Chat: you can contact them through online chat here.
Information: get information on coronavirus and housing issues here.

Positive action in housing

Call: 0141 353 2220
More info: www.paih.org

  • Benefits, money and general advice

Citizens Advice Scotland

Find answers to frequent questions on a range of topics and COVID-19/coronavirus.

  • Immigration

Scottish Refugee Council

Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.

Helpline: 0141 223 7979
Information: read the changes to the asylum process and resettlement here.

  • Mental health

Breathing Space helpline

Open Monday to Thursday, 6pm - 2am and Friday, 6pm - Mon 6am.

Call: 0800 83 85 87

 

Last updated: 31 March 2020

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Please note our helplines are open as usual unless otherwise shown.

Legal information

Monday 2 - 5 pm
Tuesday 6 - 8 pm
Wednesday 11 am - 2 pm
Friday 10 am - 1 pm

Advocacy support

Tuesday 11 am - 2 pm

Sexual harassment

Thursday 5 - 8 pm

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