Support services for gender-based violence

A statement from Women Supporting Women on domestic abuse and gender-based violence:

For many women, ‘Stay Safe, Stay Home’ was meaningless as home is not a safe place, and although restrictions are beginning to ease a little, this does not mean that the issues many women are facing have become easier. For many women, domestic and family abuse, gender based violence and intimate partner violence is a severe and enduring reality that existed prior to the pandemic and still continues as we begin to ease.

Women Supporting Women are offering support to women in the Greater Pilton area, and other services are continuing to provide support surrounding this. For advice, support and help:

Edinburgh Women’s Aid: Offers support for domestic abuse survivors in Edinburgh. Helpline: 0131 315 8110. Website: https://edinwomensaid.co.uk/

The National Rape Crisis Helpline: Open every night from 6pm to midnight: 08088 01 03 02, or the text line: 07537 410 027. For sexual assault in the past 7 days contact support@ercc.scot to receive emotional phone support.

Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline: 0800 027 1234

National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline: Support services and advice for lesbian, bisexual, gay and trans people experiencing domestic abuse. Helpline: 0800 999 5428. Website: http://www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse/

Immediate risk or danger: 999

Aditi: one-to-one wellbeing, support and advice for Black and Asian ethnic minority women of all religious backgrounds living in Edinburgh who have experienced or are currently experiencing domestic abuse or ‘honour’ based violence. Email aditi@sacro.org.uk or call 0131 6034 865.

Shakti Women’s Aid: Help for black minority ethnic (BME) women, children and young people who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse. Call 0131 475 2399 or email info@shaktiedinburgh.co.uk

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre: For free legal advice and support with getting a solicitor. Helpline: 08088 010 789. Website: https://www.scottishwomensrightscentre.org.uk/i-need-help/

Everyman Project: Helps men who are being abusive towards their partner to learn to control their behaviour. www.everymanproject.co.uk

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