If you’re a victim of domestic violence or abuse, there are many different organisations which can help you. We have included some of the organisations below and further information.
Want to report domestic abuse?
Get in touch with your local police, this resource will help you find the correct number based on location – https://www.gov.uk/report-domestic-abuse
What to do if you need urgent police help through the 999 service, but can’t speak
If you’re in an emergency situation and need police help, but can’t speak, Make Yourself Heard and let the 999 operator know your call is genuine.
The Silent Solution is a police system used to filter out large
numbers of accidental or hoax 999 calls. It also exists to help people who are unable to speak, but who genuinely need police assistance. You will hear an automated police message, which lasts for 20 seconds and begins with ‘you are through to the police’.
It will ask you to press 55 to be put through to police call management. The BT operator will remain on the line and listen. If you press 55, they will be notified and transfer the call to the police. If you don’t press 55, the call will be terminated. Pressing 55 does not allow police to track your location.
Glasgow Women’s Aid
Glasgow Women‘s Aid has been supporting women, children and young people who are experiencing Domestic Abuse for over 35 years. The development of their service has been influenced by the experiences of the women, children and young people that we have supported. As an organisation they provide information, support and temporary refuge accommodation.
Get Support Now – 0141 553 2022 (Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm)
They provide support and refuge accommodation in Glasgow. Focus is on accessibility of information for those with disabilities. Fill in a form for them to contact you safely here – http://www.glasgowwomensaid.org.uk/contact-us.html
There are a huge number of useful and direct contacts here: http://www.glasgowwomensaid.org.uk/useful-contacts.html
How to cover your tracks when visiting these sites: http://www.glasgowwomensaid.org.uk/cover-your-tracks.html
Main website: www.glasgowwomensaid.org.uk
Find a comprehensive list of places you can contact here – https://www.mygov.scot/domestic-abuse/support-for-female-victims/
This is for both women and men, this is great service and fairly comprehensive – numbers and opening hours are also included with each listing.
Refuge (Women and Children)
As a woman fleeing domestic abuse, you may want to access specialist refuge accommodation. The Helpline can help you find a refuge vacancy for you and your children.
They can also support you to find other specialist services in your community, which can provide support whether or not you have left your partner.
Main website: https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Tel: 0808 2000 247 24 hour hotline
The website also has a quick exit button on the site in the bottom right-hand corner for safe browsing.
Galop (LGBT+ Anti-violence Charity)
Galop can help if you experience homophobia, transphobia or biphobia wherever it occurs. They provide confidential and independent advice and support for LGBT+ people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence. They also assist with domestic abuse in its different forms.
Main website: http://www.galop.org.uk
Tel: 0800 999 5428 Monday to Friday – 10:00am – 5:00pm, Wednesday to Thursday 10:00am – 8:00pm
You can use the website to refer instead of calling. There is a reduced capacity currently but the organisation are still working.
Respect (Men Only)
Their friendly Men’s Advice Line Advisors will believe you, offer you non-judgmental emotional support, practical advice and information.
Main website: https://mensadviceline.org.uk
Tel: 0808 8010327 Monday and Weds – 9am – 8pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 9am – 5pm
Calls will not appear on phone records, webchat and email are also available.
Scotland Domestic Abuse
Scotland’s domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline.
Main website: https://sdafmh.org.uk
24/7 hotline, webchat and email are available too with various Language options.
Scottish Women’s Aid
Scottish Women’s Aid is the lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse. We play a vital role coordinating, influencing and campaigning for effective responses to domestic abuse.
Find your local women’s aid group which might be able to help right away with finding housing and legal help.
Covid specific info page is here: https://womensaid.scot/covid-19
Main website: http://womensaid.scot/find-nearest-wa-group
Tel: 0800 027 1234 (free from landlines)
There is also a quick exit along the right-hand side of the page for safe browsing.
Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.
Step by step information on leaving domestic abuse – https://scotland.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/advice_topics/families_and_households/domestic_abuse/leaving_domestic_abuse
If you have to leave home because your partner is behaving in an abusive or threatening way towards you, you may want to stay at a women’s refuge. You don’t have to leave your partner permanently in order to get a place in a refuge. You may just need a break, to give you time to think and make decisions. More info – https://scotland.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/advice_topics/families_and_households/domestic_abuse/refuges
Scotland Disclosure Scheme
The scheme aims to prevent domestic abuse by empowering both men and women with the right to ask about the background of their partner, potential partner or someone who is in a relationship with someone they know, and there is a concern that the individual may be abusive.
Guidance for Social Landlords During Covid-19
Advice for social landlords and how they can help – https://womensaid.scot/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/0441-Domestic-Abuse-guidance-V1-003.pdf
Scotland’s domestic abuse helpline.
Tel: 0800 027 1234 – to speak in confidence, open 24 hours Helpline
Main website: https://safer.scot – for more information and advice.
If you feel someone is in immediate danger call 999
Domestic Abuse is a crime. Call 101 to report it or call 999 in an emergency.
Help is available.