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How to access support?

For many, home is not a safe and secure place. The COVID-19 outbreak united with current social distancing and self-isolation requirements can be particularly challenging for those experiencing gender-based violence, abuse or stress. You are encouraged to explore the following resources that may help:

Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage

Scotland’s 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

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

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

AMINA – Muslim Women’s Resource Centre

Open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm.

Call: 0808 801 0301

Respect Phoneline – for perpetrators seeking help

Open, 9am – 5pm

0808 8024040 or www.respectphoneline.org.uk



Rape and Sexual Assault

Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline

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 – for survivors of childhood abuse

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

Call: 08088 02 04 06

Click – support for women selling sex on-line

Chat is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11am – 1pm.

Online chat: www.click.scot/chat


Stalking and Cyber-Stalking

National Stalking Helpline

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

Call: 0808 802 0300

FollowIt App – can be downloaded to record incidents of stalking

download this app

Revenge Porn helpline

Email: help@revengepornhelpline.org.uk

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.

Voice of Internet Crime

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


Homophobic and Transphobic Abuse

LGBT Helpline Scotland

Open Tuesday and Wednesday between 12-9pm

Call 0300 123 2523

Email the helpline confidentially on helpline@lgbthealth.org.uk.

LGBT Youth Scotland’s transgender support service

Email info@lgbtyouth.org.uk or send a text to 07786 202 370


Human Trafficking

Modern Slavery Helpline

Call: 08000 121 700


Legal and Financial Advice

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre

Open for legal information: Monday 2 – 5 pm. Tuesday 6 – 8 pm, Wednesday 11 am – 2 pm, Friday 10 am – 1 pm

Open for advocacy support: Tuesday 11 am – 2 pm

Open for Sexual harassment support: Thursday 5 – 8 pm

Call: 08088 010 789

Scottish Refugee Council (for immigration advice)

Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Call: 0141 223 7979
Information on the changes to the asylum process and resettlement here.

Shelter Scotland (for housing advice)

Open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm

Call: 0808800 4444


Support for Mental Health


Open 24/7

Call: 116 123


Call: 0300 123 3393 or Email: info@mind.org.uk

Breathing Space

Open Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am and Friday 6pm – Monday 6am

Call: 0800 83 85 87

Online Resources

Video on how to cope with anxiety and self-isolation

UCU guidance on workload issues

Wider support for education sector

Advice from ACAS

Care-first Employee-assistance Programmes

Health and Safety Executive on stress