Sexual Violence

How and where can I get support?

Victim Support Scotland

  • Victim Support Scotland can help you and your family.  Victim Support Scotland offers information, support and advice to help you deal with what has happened. They also offer support if you have to attend Court to give evidence.
  • You can contact Victim Support Scotland by looking in the phonebook or searching the website for your nearest office. Or you can phone their helpline.
  • Helpline:  0845 603 9213
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Victims of Crime in Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland

  • Offers initial and crisis support and information, and signposting to local services for ongoing support for anyone affected by rape or sexual violence.
  • Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline: 08088 01 03 02 (daily 6pm-12 midnight)
  • Website:

Rape and Abuse Line

  • Helpline for those who have survived rape or abuse and their families or partners.
  • Telephone: 0808 800 0123 (answered by women on most evenings from 7pm-10pm) or 0808 800 0122 (answered by men on selected evenings from 7pm-10pm) 
  • Website:

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Archway)

  • There is one Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Scotland (Archway). This is based in Glasgow and is for anyone (over 13) who has been raped or sexually assaulted in Greater Glasgow within the previous seven days. It offers various services in the one place including forensic examinations; testing for infections; support and counselling. It can also store forensic samples to give you time to decide whether or not to involve the police.
  • Phone number: 0141 211 8175

Genito Urinary Medicine ( GUM) Clinics

  • GUM clinics are part of the NHS. They offer free and confidential services for anyone, of any age, who has been raped or sexually assaulted. This includes support, testing and advice. There are clinics across Scotland.
  • Sexual Health Helpline: 0800 567 123
  • You can get details of your nearest clinic here.


  • Childline is a free and confidential 24 hour helpline for young people. Childline’s trained counsellors provide help, support and advice on a wide range of issues, including bullying, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
  • There are a number of ways you can contact Childline: by phone, email, 1-2-1 chat online. You can also take part in online discussion boards and get support from others who have been through similar experiences.  
  • Tel: 0800 11 11
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