Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

National Support Services

Domestic abuse services*

Legal and advocacy services

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline
Freephone: 0800 027 1234

Rights of Women
Offers an advice line with free legal advice for women by women and a sexual violence helpline. Rights of Women is a voluntary organisation committed to informing, educating and empowering women about their legal rights.

Legal helpline: 020 7251 6577
Sexual violence helpline: 020 7251 8887

The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre

The Women’s Project (Refugee and Migrant Women)

Men’s advice line
A confidential helpline offering support, information and practical advice to men experiencing domestic violence.
Freephone: 0808 801 0327
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Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance
Tel: 0131 260 5380
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Scottish Child Law Centre
Tel: 0131 667 6333 (parents and carers)
Helpline: 0800 328 8970 (under 18s only) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Citizens’ Advice Bureau


The Ethnic Minorities Law centre (EMLC)

 *Domestic Abuse services, further information on Support and Advice Agencies

If people are suffering domestic abuse, there are many informed and experienced organisations who care and want to help. The websites and helplines can offer support and advice on how to stay safe and how to get access to emergency refuge accommodation. They can also offer advice if people are worried about the safety of someone close to them.

There are a range of services who can offer help. A summary of their roles is listed below:

  • Crisis Services: Police Scotland and Local Authority out of hours Social Work services
  • Specialist domestic abuse services: provide counselling or telephone support that can support victims through the court process
  • Solicitors: can provide legal and advocacy advice. Alternatively, call Police Scotland and ask for a recommendation of solicitors who are experienced in domestic abuse work. Solicitors can explain the options to legally attempt to prevent a perpetrator approaching a house, area, or the tenant in person.
  • Police domestic abuse unit – the police have a duty to attend incidents of domestic abuse and to ensure the safety of the victim. They can also provide victim support, install alarm systems in the home, advise on personal safety, and offer regular patrolling and monitoring.
  • Local Authority – some Local Authorities will provide help to people at risk of domestic abuse by improving security measures in their home.
  • Homeless services – Local Authorities cam provide or assist in the search for emergency housing for women and children fleeing violence (although this does not always include male children over the age of 12 years).
  • Services for children – provide support to parents and their children and/or direct support to children.

Local Support Services

Support Services Booklet 2016

Bright Sky App

  • If you are concerned about domestic abuse, we know it can be hard to find support. That’s why Bright Sky was developed.
  • Bright Sky is a safe, easy to use app and website that provides practical support and information on how to respond to domestic abuse. It is for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or who is worried about someone else.
  • Bright Sky helps you to spot the signs of abuse, know how to respond, and help someone find a safe route to support.
  • Download Bright Sky today for free on Apple Store or Google Play - if it is safe for you to do so and if you are sure that your phone isn’t being monitored. 
  •  Available in different languages

Find your nearest Safe Spaces to get assistance or advice

 Domestic Abuse

How to access a Safe Space

Step One:  Walk into any participating Safe Space in the UK
Step Two:  Ask a member of staff at the counter to use their Safe Space
Step Three:  You will be shown to the Safe Space which will be a private room
Step Four:  Once inside you can use the Safe Space in whichever way works for you
They provide a safe and discreet way to reach out to friends and family, contact specialist support services and start your journey to recovery.  UK Says No More's Safe Spaces are open and ready for you to use.