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Domestic Abuse Services in Scotland


Aberdeen Women’s Aid: Support for women who have experienced domestic violence

Telephone: 01224 591577


Borderline: Free telephone support line for anyone suffering from emotional distress, isolation or depression.

Telephone: 01996 755184

Helpline: 0800 027 4466

Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfriesshire & Stewartry Women’s Aid: Support for women who have experienced domestic violence.

Telephone: 01387 263052

Helpline: 07710 152772 (24-hour)

Email: contact@scottishwomensaid.org.uk

The People’s Advocacy Service

Telephone: 01387 247237

Email: info@peoples-advocacy.com


Dundee Women’s Aid: Support for women who have experienced domestic abuse.

Telephone: 01382 202525

Email: dundeewomensaid@freenet.co.uk

Eighteen and Under: Offers confidential support and information to any young person aged 18 or under who has experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse.

Telephone: 01382 206222

Helpline: 0800 731 40 81


AdvoCard: Service user-led, independent advocacy organisation. Services are primarily for people with experience of mental health problems in Edinburgh. Aims to provide opportunities for people to participate in decisions that affect all aspects for their lives.

Telephone: 0131 555 5307; 07920 207 564

Email: advocacy@advocard.org.uk

Edinburgh Traumatic Stress: Specialist traumatic stress clinic

Telephone: 0131 537 6874

Email: rivers.centre@lpct.scot.nhs.uk

Edinburgh Women’s Aid: All women, confidential organisation which provides information, support and, where appropriate, refuge accommodation for women and accompanying children who have experience or are at rosk of domestic abuse

Telephone: 0131 315 8111

Gay Men’s Health: Counselling for gay and bisexual men.

Telephone: 0131 558 9444

Email: counselling@gmh.org.uk

Scottish Prostitutes Education Project: Campaigns and provides advocacy for sex workers.

Telephone: 0131 622 7550

Email: voice@scot-pep.org.uk

Shakti Women’s Aid:

Shakti Women’s Aid is an organisation based in Edinburgh, working since 1986 to offer support, advocacy and information to all black / minority ethnic women, children and young people experiencing and/or fleeing domestic abuse


East Fife Women’s Aid: Provides information, support and refuge to women and children with experience of domestic abuse.

Telephone: 01334 657357

Email: support@efwa.org.uk


Clydebank Women’s Aid

Telephone: 0141 952 8118

Tel: 01389 738595 (Domestic Abuse)

Domestic Abuse Project (Glasgow)

The Domestic Abuse Project adopts a needs led approach which recognises that each family has differing needs and there is no “one size fits all” solution. Based in the local community centre our service is provided in a low key easily accessible setting.

Working in partnership with statutory agencies and other voluntary organisations the project has successfully developed services to help women and children in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow. In the past three years the project has helped around 100 people each year to address issues of domestic abuse and has developed the following service profile; information, guidance, one to one support, small cell group work, personal development, training, access to services, agency assistance and feedback.

Glasgow East Women’s Aid

Telephone: 0141 773 3533

Email: collective@gewa.org.uk

Glasgow Women’s Aid

Telephone: 0141 552 3200

Email: admin@glasgowwomensaid.org.uk

Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid:

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.

‘Honour’ based abuse:  is a form of domestic abuse and a controlling mechanism which is perpetrated by immediate and extended family members on women who are considered to have brought shame on themselves, their family and the community.  Often women will experience isolation, threats, physical violence, extreme emotional pressure and may be murdered in order to protect so called cultural and religious beliefs.

Forced Marriage:  a forced marriage occurs when family members, including extended family members, who use physical violence or emotional pressure to make you to marry someone against your will.  In this situation the individual will normally be coerced into going through with the ceremony.  There is now a law in Scotland to stop individuals from being forced to marry against their will.  (See our page Forced Marriage).

Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid recognise that women may experience multiple oppressions to different degrees because of their gender identity and also because of their race, class, sexual orientation and ethnic origin which intersects with their individual social environment within Scottish society.

Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid provides specialist support and information on gender related issues and we recognise that a perpetrator may be a husband, partner or extended family member.

Notre Dame Centre: Provides specialist help for children with emotional and behaviourial difficulties.

Telephone: 0141 339 2366

Routes out of Prostitution Intervention Team: Support for women wanting to leave prostitution.

Telephone: 0141 276 0737


Inverness Women’s Aid

Telephone: 01463 220 719

Email: info@invernesswa.co.uk

Safe Strong and Free Project (SS & F):  A child abuse prevention programme for children in their pre-school years, their parents and carers. This project covers bullying, stranger danger and abuse by an adult known to the child.

Telephone: 01463 712 669

Email: info@ssf-project.org.uk


Edinburgh Crisis Centre: This service offers telephone support, short term face-to-face support and overnight stays up to a maximum of 7 nights to people aged 16 and over and resident in Edinburgh.

Helpline: 0808 801 0414;

North / South Lanarkshire

Hamilton & Clydesdale Women’s Aid

Telephone: 01698 891 498

Perth & Kinross

Perthshire Women’s Aid: Support for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused.

Helpline: 01738 639 043

Email: perthwomensaid@contactbox.co.uk


Women and Children First: A multi-agency project (Renfrewshire Council, Children1st, Rape Crisis) providing support and advocacy to women and children affected by domestic abuse, childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault. Services include, support and advocacy, counselling and group work (including Cedar) to women and children (both male and female aged 5-18) affected by these issues.

Telephone: 0300 300 0345

Email: woman.sw@renfrewshire.gov.uk

Shetland Islands

 Shetland Women’s Aid

Telephone: 01595 692070

Email: shetland_womens_aid@hotmail.com

West Dunbartonshire

CARA Project: (Childhood Sexual Abuse) CARA is a free and confidential service for women experiencing domestic abuse, childhood sexual abuse and any other forms of violence against women. We offer counselling, support, information, help with safety planning and access to other relevant services.

Tel: 01389 738595 (Domestic Abuse)

Tel: 01389 738278

Clydebank Women’s Aid

Telephone: 0141 952 8118

Helpline: 0141 952 8118

Email: clydebankwomensaid@hotmail.com

Western Isles

Western Isles Women’s Aid

Telephone: 01851 704750

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