Violence and abuse – getting help

Do you feel unsafe in your home or are you experiencing abuse? Have you ever experienced violence and want to find out how to get help and support?

On this page is a list of you can find information about violence and abuse, organisations that can help you and where to go for support.

Click on the links below to go directly to information on:

Sexual abuse

Hate crime

Domestic abuse

Forced marriage

FGM – Female Genital Mutilation 

Where to get help

Telephone helplines

Sexual abuse

Asylum Seeking Women, Violence and Health: Where to get Information, Advice and Help (Scottish Refugee Council, 2009). As an asylum seeking woman, you may feel that you are facing a confusing and unsympathetic asylum system. This is the way that many women feel when they are pursuing an asylum claim while also trying to carry on with their daily activities. This leaflet has a list of places where you, or a woman you know, can go to for help or advice about any form of abuse or mental health issue.

Looking for support? (Rape Crisis Glasgow) This site holds information on topics such as stalking, rape, sexual abuse, sexual assault and ritual abuse.

Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership Women Asylum Immigration and Refugees Working Group leaflet about rape and sexual violence. Know your rights and find out where to get help.

Women ̶ where to go for advice support and info in the Glasgow Area (Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership).

Information and Advice after Rape and Sexual Assault (Scottish Government, 2011).


Hate crime

What is hate crime? Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre leaflet on hate crime and how to report it in Scotland.

Refugee Agencies – Help and Advice: Are you a victim of racial harassment? (Refugee Council).


Domestic abuse

Not safe at home? Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership Women Asylum Immigration and Refugees Working Group leaflet about domestic abuse. Know your rights and find out where to get help.

Asylum Support Partnership – Help and advice: domestic abuse – do you need help? (Refugee Council).

 United Kingdom Borders Agency (UKBA) – information on domestic violence and immigration contains information about domestic abuse and immigration and where to get help.

Three steps to escaping domestic violence against women and girls. A guide for black and minority ethnic (BME) women and children (UK Home Office, 2012).

Rights of Women Immigration Guide (England and Wales).

Forced marriage

Forced marriage. I said no. If I can do it, so can you (Scottish Government).


FGM – Female Genital Mutilation

The law about female circumcision (Scottish Government).

More information can be found on Dignity Alert Research Forum's website (Scottish organisation working to tackle and raise awareness about FGM).

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Factsheet (NSPCC, 2013).

Female Genital Mutilation: The Facts (UK Home Office).


Where to get help

Domestic Abuse

Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid (Glasgow) provides refuge accommodation for black and minority ethnic women (BME) women, children, and young people who are victims of domestic abuse, and also offers support and information in a culturally sensitive manner on a wide range of issues such as domestic abuse, temporary refuge, forced marriage, welfare rights, housing, legal aid, immigration. Visit the drop-in centre at 24 Willowbank Street, Glasgow, G3 6LZ: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. There is also a 24-hour emergency helpline: 0141 353 0859; email:

Shakti Women’s Aid (Edinburgh) offers specialist support and information for black and minority ethnic women (BME) and their children who are experiencing or fleeing from domestic abuse or forced marriage. Contact Shakti on 0131 475 2399.

Glasgow Women’s Aid has a drop-in service Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm. You can come in or telephone 0141 553 2022 to speak to a worker. Workers will listen to you and support you to make the decisions that are right for you and your children (if you have any). Visit the office at Glasgow Women’s Aid, 4th Floor, 30 Bell Street, Glasgow G1 1L.

Glasgow East Women’s Aid (Easterhouse) offers services for women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse including crisis drop-in Mondays and Fridays 9.30am - 1.30pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9.30am - 3.30pm (no appointments necessary). Visit the office at 753 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9PB or call 0141 773 3533 (crisis)/ 0141 781 0230 (office); phone lines open until 5pm.

Drumchapel Women’s Aid offers support and advice to women suffering domestic abuse from a partner/ex-partner. There is a crisis drop-in service, a refuge service, and a 24-hour telephone helpline 0141 944 0201.

The Domestic Abuse Project offers support, information and advocacy tailored to the individual needs of women who are living with, or who have experienced violence or abuse. They also assist women through use of inter-agency connecting, mentoring and working with local peer support group W.A.V.E.S. Multi-lingual support is offered to women from local BME communities. Call 0141 634 4053.

Amina ̶ The Muslim Women’s Resource Centre (Glasgow & Dundee) has mediation and counselling services, befriending, friendship groups as well as information and advice.

ASSIST (Glasgow) is the specialist domestic abuse advocacy service that provides advocacy and support to victims of domestic abuse, including help and advice regarding court processes.

Refuge provides a range of life-saving services such as a 24-hour domestic violence helpline (0808 2000 247) and women’s refuges, but also campaigns at national level to raise awareness and influence policy.

Roshni provides confidential, multilingual support services and advice on a range of topics to people from minority ethnic backgrounds. They run counselling services and are involved in other projects. For more information call Freephone 0808 80 22 222

Scotland’s LGBT Domestic Abuse Project has online information on how to get help if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and are experiencing domestic abuse or if you are concerned about a friend who is in a violent relationship.

Rape and sexual abuse

Archway Glasgow is a support service for people who have been sexually assaulted in the last 7 days. You do not have to make a complaint to the police. You can self-refer by phoning 0141 211 8175 or by visiting Archway at 6 Sandyford Place, Glasgow, G3 7NB.

Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre (The Ruby Project/The Rosey Project). Please call the Helpline number to access support and to make an appointment to come in and speak face-to-face with one of our support workers. The Rosey Project provides specialised support to young women (13-17 years) who have experienced sexual violence. The Ruby Project provides support and advocacy to BME women, including refugees and asylum seeking women. Freephone 08088 00 00 14 (Monday–Sunday 11am - 2pm and Monday–Thursday 5.30pm - 7.30pm). There is also a drop-in on Wednesdays: 10.30am - 3pm and 5.30pm - 7.30pm at the Rape Crisis Centre, 5th Floor, 30 Bell Street, Glasgow, G1 1LG.

National Rape and Sexual Assault Helpline: 08088 01 03 02 Rape Crisis Centre Glasgow:

Rape Crisis Scotland operates a helpline for anyone who has experienced rape or sexual assault at any time in their lives. Provides free, confidential short-term and crisis support to male and female survivors of sexual violence and their friends, families and workers. Interpreters available. Open every evening 6pm-midnight. Telephone: 08088 01 03 02. Minicom: 0141 353 3091

Say Women (Glasgow) has safe, supported accommodation and related services for young women aged 16-25 years, who are survivors of sexual violence and who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Visit the office at Say Women, 30 Bell Street, 3rd Floor, Glasgow G1 1LG or call the office on 0141 552 5803.

Edinburgh Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre (Edinburgh) offers free and confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy, to women, girls aged 12 and over and all members of the transgender community, who have experienced sexual violence from male or female abusers at any time in their lives. Visit the centre at 1 Leopold Place, Edinburgh EH7 5JW or call the helpline on 0131 556 9437.

The TARA Project helps identify and support women who may have been trafficked to/within the UK for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. TARA can also help women who have experienced sexual violence as a result of being trafficked for other forms of exploitation. Crisis accommodation and support is available. Call 0141 276 7724/7729 (Monday–Friday, 9am - 5pm).

General support

North West Women’s Centre (Glasgow) aims to bring women together and enable them to tackle issues of importance and to find practical ways of improving their situation. Visit the centre at 17-33 Shawpark Street, Maryhill, Glasgow G20 9DA or call 0141 576 1400. Email:

Wise Women (Glasgow) pro-actively addresses women's fears and experiences of violence and crime by providing free Personal Safety and Confidence Building courses and workshops to women living in local communities in Glasgow. Call: 0141 550 7557.

The Women’s Support Project (Glasgow) is a feminist voluntary organisation that works to raise awareness of male violence against women, and for improved services for those affected by violence.

Red Road Women’s Centre (Glasgow) offers help and support for victims of violence and abuse. Drop-in at the office at 94 Red Road, Glasgow G21 or call the telephone helpline on 0141 557 5571. You can also email:

Izzy’s Promise (Dundee) is a charity organisation based in Dundee, Scotland that offers free and confidential support services to ritual/organised abuse survivors; refugees; asylum seekers; ethnic minorities; people trafficked via rituals.


Telephone helplines

If you are in immediate danger always call Emergency Services: 999

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 027 1234

Rape Crisis Scotland: 08088 01 03 02

Forced Marriage Helpline: 0800 027 1234

Karma Nirvana (forced marriage and honour violence): 0800 5999 247

NSPCC National FGM Helpline: 0800 028 3550

NHS 24 (to speak to a health professional): 08454 24 24 24

The TARA project helpline (victims of trafficking): 0141 276 7724

LGBT Helpline Scotland: 0300 123 2523

Amina – The Muslim Women’s Resource Centre: 0808 801 0301

Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid: 0141 353 0859

Drumchapel Women’s Aid: 0141 944 0201

Glasgow East Women’s Aid: 0141 773 3533

Glasgow Women’s Aid: 0141 553 2022

Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre: 08088 00 00 14

Legal Services Agency Legal Advice Line: 0800 316 8450

Red Road Women’s Centre: 0141 557 5571

Wise Women: 0141 550 7557