Specialist & Gender-Based Violence Services
Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Harassment
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
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 is available on weekdays between 9.30AM and 4PM, excepting Wednesdays when it is available 1PM - 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
ASSIST is an advocacy service for survivors of domestic abuse involved with the criminal justice system. They aim to inform and support, as well as provide safety advice to adults, children and young people.
Phone number: 0141 276 7710
DAAS can support you through the criminal court process in relation to domestic abuse, by providing information and your views to the court and supporting you with the decisions and outcomes.
You can self-refer to DAAS or ask an agency supporting you to make the referral.
Phone number: 01835 825 024
Rape and Sexual Violence
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
The National Advocacy Project provide support and information at every stage of the criminal justice system, from before a statement is made through to the resolution of a court case.
They can help to get updates regarding the progress of a case, provide information about special measures, and attend court with survivors. They can also provide emotional support throughout the process and after court is finished.
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
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
The FGM Helpline is available 24/7, offering a free and anonymous service for anyone who is worried about a child who is at risk of or has had FGM.
Phone number: 0800 028 3550
Forced Marriage & Trafficking
The Forced Marriage Unit London provide advice across the UK if you are being forced into a marriage or are trying to leave a marriage that you’ve been forced into.
Phone number: 020 7008 0151 (Charged, but the the Forced Marriage Unit can call you back if you need them to)
The Modern Slavery Helpline is a trafficking prevention helpline.
Phone number: 0800 0121 700
The TARA Project is available 9.30am-5pm weekdays offering support and access to crisis accommodation for women in Scotland, aged 18+ who have been trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation.
Phone number: 0141 276 7724
Victim & Legal Support
Action on Elder Abuse provides information, advice and support to victims and others who are concerned about or have witnessed abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of vulnerable older people.
Phone number: 080 8808 8141
Clan Childlaw provide free legal advice and representation for children and young people in Scotland.
Phone number: 0808 129 0522
The Family Law Association is committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes in Scotland. Website includes a search tool for finding Family Law solicitors by area.
The LSA is a Law Centre and Charity which provides legal advice, assistance and representation to vulnerable people and those who would otherwise find it difficult to get legal advice. Phone LSA during normal office hours for information about services, drop-in times, and/or to make an appointment.
Phone number: 0141 353 3354 / 0800 316 8450
The Law Society cannot provide legal advice but can help by assisting you in finding a solicitor and providing information on other legal-related matters. The website has a search tool and useful information such as FAQs about dealing with solicitors, legal fees, legal aid etc.
The Scottish Child Law Centre helps children and young people, their families and carers, and professionals working for and with children by providing free expert legal advice and information through our advice line, email and website.
Phone number: 0131 667 6333
The Scottish Legal Aid Board is responsible for managing legal aid in Scotland. Legal aid allows people who would otherwise not be able to afford it, to get help for their legal problems. They have eligibility estimators and FAQs on their website.
Phone number: 0131 226 7061
Victim Support Scotland provides support and information services to victims and witnesses of crime in Scotland.
Phone number: 0345 603 9213 (Charged)
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.