If you're experiencing relationship abuse, you have choices.
YOUR IMMEDIATE SAFETY:
Make yourself safe
Boots Pharmacy Consultation Rooms now also act as safe spaces for victims of domestic abuse where you can contact specialist domestic abuse services for support and advice.
Do you have any injuries?
INDEPENDENT SPECIALIST SUPPORT:
- Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
Phone: 0800 027 1234 (24 hour service)
Provides confidential information and support to anyone affected by forced marriage or domestic abuse.
- Grampian Women's Aid
Phone: 01224 593381
Grampian Women’s Aid offers a free, confidential and non-judgemental service to women, children and young people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who have experienced domestic abuse.
- Scottish Women's Aid
Phone: 0800 027 1234
Provides advice, support and safe accommodation for women (and their children) who have been abused by their partner or ex-partner. They can recommend local groups.
- Aberdeen Cyrenians
Phone: 01224 625732
Projects offer 1 to 1 support to women, helping them to build the confidence to make positive changes in their lives and supports them to gain safe accommodation.
- Victim Support Scotland
Phone: 0345 603 9213 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm)
Provides information and support for victims and witnesses of crime.
- AMIS (Abused Men in Scotland)
Phone: 03300 949 395
Supports men who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. Call the confidential helpline (it's free to call from landlines and most UK mobiles, and doesn't appear on itemised phone bills)
- Men's Advice Line
Phone: 0808 801 0327
For men experiencing domestic abuse from their current or ex-partner
- SACRO Fear Free Project
Fearless is a support service for any man, or LGBTI+ person experiencing domestic abuse.
Phone: 0808 801 0301 (Helpline Open Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm)
Helpline for Scotland providing support to women from minority backgrounds who have been affected by violence against women. Support is available in English, Urdu, Arabic, Bangla and Swahili. Service also runs a VAW awareness programme.
- Scottish Women’s Rights Centre Advocacy Support Helpline
- Bright Sky App. This looks like a weather app so if a partner has control over personal devices, it should not be noticeable. Bright Sky provides information on what abuse is, links to information and resources, and a secure journal to record incidents of abuse secretly, without it being saved to your device.
- mygov.scot Practical advice and Relationship Abuse Support
- Revenge Porn Helpline
Police Scotland has also launched the new Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland.
If you have concerns about your own partner’s past, or concerns about another person’s partner, you can apply to the Scheme to ask if that person has a history of domestic abuse or other relevant behaviour.
- Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. The purpose of this system is to provide support in the event of sexual violence or harassment. You can also choose to make an anonymous report.
- First Responder Scheme. Our support also system includes specially trained members of Robert Gordon University’s staff who can listen and offer support.
- Student Counselling & Wellbeing Centre. The Counselling & Wellbeing Centre is here to help and support you throughout your time at University.
- Employee Assistance Programme. The EAP service offers confidential independent help, information, and guidance to University staff. It is accessed by telephone or web portal and is totally confidential. The Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to employees. It also allows for up to six face-to-face counselling sessions, offered near the caller’s home or place of work.
- RGU Nightline is an anonymous, confidential, non-judgemental and non-advisory listening and information service run for students by students. Call: 01224 26 36 46. Lines are open 8pm to 8am Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat during term time.
- Samaritans are available to talk about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue. You don't have to be suicidal. Call: 116 123. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Breathing Space where experienced advisors will listen and offer information and advice. Call their Helpline number: 0800 83 85 87 Opening hours: Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am. Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am