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- Black and minority ethnic women
- Campaigns and policy
- Drugs and alcohol and sexual violence
- England and Wales
- Information and support
- Information sources
- Research and information
- Specialist support for men and boys
- Violence against women in Scotland
- Young People
Black and minority ethnic women
Asylum Aid was founded in 1990 to provide desperately-needed legal representation to those fleeing persecution abroad.
Ethnic Survivors Forum
The Ethnic Survivors Forum is a unique minority ethnic project that will operate across Scotland for an initial period of one year. The Forum comprises of three partners, roshni, Dundee International Womens Centre and Beyond the Veil Group. We offer support services for minority ethnic adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, including: * A Freephone telephone helpline - a confidential service that offers support and a listening ear as well as details of local support services * A unique interactive website offering information, resources and support via our online forum where adult survivors can share their own personal stories of survival * A Group Support Programme where adult survivors can meet and share their experiences in a safe and secure environment
Shakti Women’s Aid
Support for black and minority ethnic women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse
Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid
Support for black and minority ethnic women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse
Muslim Women’s Resource Centre providing confidential faith and culturally sensitive direct helping services and community development to Muslim women
Roshni is a registered charity in the UK raising the awareness of child abuse within the black and ethnic minority communities.
Campaigns and policy
Stop Revenge Porn
Support & information for people whose partner or ex-partner purposefully distributes images or videos of a sexual nature without their consent.
Women’s Resource Centre
Supports women’s organisations to be more effective and sustainable
White Ribbon Campaign
Global campaign to ensure men take more responsibility for reducing the level of violence against women
This is not an invitation to rape me
Rape Crisis Scotland awareness raising campaign
Stop Porn Culture
Anti-porn campaigning group
Challenges ‘sex object culture’ – the ever increasing sexual objectification of women in the media and popular culture through lads' mags, advertising or lap dancing clubs
Justice for women
Campaigns and supports women who have fought back against or killed violent male partners
Campaigns for equality between women and men
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Promotes equality and human rights
End violence against women
End Child Prostitution and Trafficking
Campaigns to end child prostitution, pornography and trafficking
Campaign to end rape
Campaigning organisation, including Stop Violence Against Women campaign
Anti-pornography site which aims to raise awareness about the harms of pornography and prostitution to women and children
Drugs and alcohol and sexual violence
England and Wales
Rights of Women
Rights of Women is a women’s voluntary organisation committed to informing, educating and empowering women concerning their legal rights. Rights of Women offers free confidential legal advice to women on our advice line. We offer specialist advice in family law, divorce and relationship breakdown, children and contact issues, domestic violence, sexual violence, discrimination and lesbian parenting. We empower women to access their legal rights.
Rape Crisis England and Wales
Support for survivors of sexual violence in England and Wales
Terrence Higgins Trust
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) delivers health promotion campaigns, national services and local services directly to people with or affected by HIV and other sexual health issues.
Scottish Health Helpline
Sexual health information and advice
Sexual and reproductive health care
Family Planning Association
Help and information about contraception and sexual health
Information about sexual health for under 25s
Information and support
Sexual Abuse Line
A confidential helpline for women in Inverclyde who have experienced sexual violence. Tel : 01475 888 110 Opening hours: Wednesday & Thursday 9.30am-4.30pm & Friday 1.00-4.30
Safe Space offers free and confidential support to survivors male and female who have experienced sexual abuse. Safe Space is based in Dunfermline and welcomes anyone who is able to travel to Fife to attend sessions. Safe Space also works with family & friends, young people 12 – 18 year olds & offers group support as well as counselling . Contact number: 01383 739084; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: Monday - Thursday 10am - 4pm (Evening appointments are available)
Moving On Ayrshire
Moving On Ayrshire is open to any South Ayrshire resident aged 16 and over who is struggling to come to terms with issues that have resulted from their past rape or sexual abuse. It is for both men and women and it doesn't matter if the trauma they experienced is recent or historic.
Borderline is a free phone telephone support line for anyone suffering from emotional distress, isolation or depression. The lines are open every weekday 7-10 p.m. and weekends 6-10 p.m. Call 0800 027 4466.
MAAC - Men Affected by Abuse in Childhood
MAAC is a project supported and funded by the Scottish Government and is part of the Survivor Scotland network. MAAC is run by Borderline Helpline which is an organisation that has been providing a telephone support service for over ten years to people in the Scottish Borders. Tel: 0800 014 74 64.
Women’s Support Project
Telephone support and information, support for women whose children have been sexually abused, resources, training, multi-agency and partnership working and public education
Victim Support Scotland
Support for victims of crime
Scottish Women’s Aid
Tackles domestic abuse and works to end violence against women. Links to local Women’s Aid groups
Scottish Association for Mental Health
Information service and direct services to people with mental health problems
Safe accommodation for young women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault and who are homeless or threatened with homelessness
Central Scotland based support for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and non-abusing parents of sexually abused children
National Association for People Abused in Childhood
Support for survivors of childhood abuse
Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project
Fife-based support for survivors of child sexual abuse
Health In Mind: Beyond Trauma – Pathway (women)
Support in the Edinburgh area to survivors who are 16 years + and are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Domestic Abuse Helpline
24-hour helpline for anyone affected by domestic abuse
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
Compensation for victims of crime
For people (particularly young men) feeling down or depressed or unusually worried and needing someone to talk to
For people experiencing feeling of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Samaritans’ free helpline number is 116 123 - you can call free anytime, from any phone. Samaritans also have a crisis text service on 07725 909090.
Forensic services and support for those who have experienced rape or sexual assault within the last 7 days
Information for victims of crime
Scottish Government site
Information and help after rape and sexual assault
Information for anyone affected by sexual violence
Information for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
European e-Justice Portal
The European e-Justice Portal is conceived as a future electronic one-stop-shop in the area of justice. It provides information on justice systems and improving access to justice throughout the EU, in 23 languages. This web portal can help to locate a solicitor acting in another EU state, or information on the law on a particular subject in an EU state, and covers criminal, civil and other types of law, as well as offering lists of practitioners.
WAVE - Women Against Violence Europe
WAVE is a network of European women's non-governmental organisations working in the field of combating violence against women and children (women's refuges, counselling centres, SOS hotlines/helplines, organisations focusing on prevention and training, etc.)
Global network of women leading social and economic change worldwide
World Health Organization
Work streams on violence against women and women’s health.
Women Against Violence Europe
European network of non-governmental women’s organisations working to combat violence against women and children
US National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women Toolkit To End Violence Against Women
Guidance to communities, policy leaders, and individuals engaged in activities to end violence against women
United Nations Global Fund for Women
Promotes women’s economic security, health, education and leadership
United National Department for the Advancement of Women
Advocates for the improvement of the status of women of the world
United Nations Development Fund for Women
Standing Against Global Exploitation
Aims to end the commercial exploitation of children and adults
Feminist Majority Foundation
Organisation dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International
Promotes women's human rights by working internationally to combat sexual exploitation
International campaigning organisation that works to highlight and end human rights violations across the globe
Support to Report
The Support to Report Project is an advocacy service supporting sexual violence survivors aged 13 or over who are thinking about, or who have already, reported to the Police.
Scottish Women's Rights Centre
The SWRC is a free legal advice and information service available for women aged 16+ who have been affected by gender based violence.
Non-Binary Scotland is a group which provides support and social opportunities for people who either self-identify as outwith the gender binary of men and women or are questioning whether they might.
LGBT helpline Scotland
LGBT helpline Scotland provides information & emotional support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland. They also support people questioning or wanting to discuss their sexuality or gender identity. Contact - Telephone: 0300 123 2523; Email:email@example.com
OurStory Scotland collects, archives & presents the life stories and experiences of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender) community in Scotland.
Scots Gay Magazine – a magazine from Scotland for lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
Lesbian Scotland provides a Lesbian guide to Scotland, including information and links about a range of venues, groups and resources for gay, bisexual and trans women living in or visiting Scotland.
Pride Glasgow is a festival organised by Glasgow and the West of Scotland LGBT Pride. The website provides information on the festival and related events.
Diversitay (Dundee) is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender organisation for Tayside. They operate an LGBT helpline on Monday 7pm - 9pm. Call 01382 202620. The lines are open second and fourth Monday of each month. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
West of Scotland LGBT forum
The West of Scotland Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Forum is an umbrella organisationbringing together organisations, groups & individuals representing lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people in the West of Scotland to provide opportunities for networking, information exchange, cooperation, coordination and, in appropriate cases, collective representation and action. Contact email: email@example.com
LGBT Youth Scotland
Support & information for young LGBT people in Scotland. Contacts: Edinburgh - 0131 555 3940; Glasgow - 0141 552 7425; Dumfries 01387 255058
Scottish Transgender Alliance
The Scottish Transgender Alliance works to improve gender identity and gender reassignment equality, rights and inclusion in Scotland. Contact: Telephone: 0131 467 6039 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
LGBT Health & Wellbeing
LGBT Health & Wellbeing promotes the health, wellbeing and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland. Contacts: Glasgow - Tel: 0141 271 2330 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Edinburgh - Tel: 0131 523 1100 / Email: email@example.com
Broken Rainbow works to change the situation for LGBT people facing domestic violence. Runs a helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their families, friends, and agencies to support LGBT people around domestic violence. Telephone: 0300 999 5428 (Mon & Thu 2-8pm, Tue & Wed 10am-5pm; Tuesday 1pm – 5pm is a Trans specific service) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rainbow families is a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people raising children who want to meet up with others in Glasgow. E-mail: email@example.com
Educating & working to protect the autonomy of healthy children & others with intersex bodies. Lobbying for UK & international legislation, policy & human rights equality.
Scotland’s national organisation for bisexuals. Their website provides information on how to join their monthly meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as other social events.
Stonewall Scotland works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. Their website provides information on a range of topics, including hate crime, housing, asylum, health and adoption and fostering.
The Equality Network works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality and human rights in Scotland. They run a number of projects and their website provides information on LGBT rights, news and events.
Unity LGBT group
The Unity Centre has established a support group for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual) asylum seekers, who are often isolated from the religious and ethnic support networks that other asylum seekers normally depend upon in the UK.
Gay and Lesbian Switchboard (Lothian)
Confidential telephone counselling
CROP is a voluntary organisation working to end the sexual exploitation of children and young people by pimps and traffickers .
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)
Helps people escape prostitution, and recover from its long-term effects
Routes Out is part of Glasgow City Council and offers a wide range of services to women involved in prostitution or those who are considering involvement in prostitution.
Research and information
Violence against Women: A literature review
2004 literature review by Lily Greenan commissioned by the Scottish Government
Information and research on women abused through prostitution
Domestic Violence Data Source
Information on projects on domestic violence
Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit
Centre for independent research, evaluation, training, consultancy and networking from a feminist perspective
Women's self-injury helpline
The UK-wide Women's Self Injury Helpline is now open on Wednesdays from 7-9pm and Thursdays from 3-5pm and offers confidential, non-judgemental emotional support around self injury on 0808 800 8088. All volunteers are female and have received specialist training.
Bristol Crisis Service for Women
Helpline, information and list of self-help groups.
Specialist support for men and boys
Speak Out Scotland
Speak Out Scotland provides a support service for non-offending male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. SOS operates a telephone helpline service for support, information and signposting to appropriate services. SOS also provides access to specialist counselling by phone, face to face and a self help group that runs every second Saturday.
Information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused
Open Road Project
Support and information to men involved in prostitution
Men’s Advice Line
For men experiencing domestic abuse from their partner
Health In Mind: Beyond Trauma – Pathway (men)
Therapeutic support service for adult (16+) men in the Lothians who are adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse or to men who, as adults (16+), have experienced rape/sexual assault or domestic violence
Action Scotland Against Stalking
Stalking is a growing problem, and one that can cause serious harm to both victims and society as a whole. With the advancement of internet and mobile phone technology providing new and easier ways for stalkers to locate and track their victims, it is inevitable that it will continue to increase. Stalking can create a psychological prison that deprives victims of their basics rights of movement and safety in their homes. The purpose of this site is to help provide a deeper understanding of the crime of stalking and all its manifestations. It is intended for victims who are seeking help and advice as well as professionals who are trying to offer support.
International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
Help with returning victims of trafficking to their country of origin
The United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC)
Assistance and support on trafficking
Scottish Refugee Council
Advice, information and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees
Assists in the recovery of and shelter for adult women who have been trafficked to the UK for sexual exploitation
TARA (Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance)
Support organisation for adult women who have been trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation in the UK, recovered in Scotland.
Violence against women in Scotland
Zero Tolerance Charitable Trust
Promotes innovative policy and practice to tackle the root causes of male violence against women and children
Women’s Support Project
Resources, training, multi-agency and partnership working and public education
Violence Against Women Prevention Scotland
Brings together individuals and organisations from across Scotland to share expertise, information and good practice
Scottish Women’s Aid
Tackles domestic abuse and works to end violence against women.
Glasgow Women's Library
Information for and about women; a reference and lending library; the only women's lending library in the UK; archive and resource centre; lesbian archive and information centre
Works to make Scotland a fairer, safer place where women can flourish and contribute to both the social and market economies with dignity, freedom and justice
A free service offering one-to-one support & group workshops to young people with learning disabilities or additional support needs who have experienced sexual abuse. Bridges will support young people between the ages of 11-25 who have experienced sexual abuse/exploitation or those who may display inappropriate behaviour as a result of sexual abuse. Tel: 0141 550 7580 Mobile: 07825 050015 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Is Abuse
Offers information about and lists sources for support for young people experiencing relationship abuse
Supports young women to develop their skills, build their confidence, take control of their lives and make their voices heard
Children in Scotland
Agency for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals working with children and their families
Services for children and families
Helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger
Eighteen and Under
Confidential support and information to young people aged 18 and under who have experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse
Services for young people on any aspect of sex, contraception and relationships
Works for children, young people and families