External support services
Archway is a specialist sexual assault referral centre based in Glasgow. They offer sensitive support, physical examination and counselling from experts experienced in helping those who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
You will be supported to choose which services you wish to access. You do not have to talk to the police if you don't want to. Archway can provide emergency contraception, test for pregnancy and refer you for sexual health screening if you wish.
Telephone: 0141 211 8175
Rape Crisis Scotland
Rape Crisis Scotland provides crisis support for anyone in Scotland affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives. They also provide the Rape Crisis Scotland National Helpline. The Helpline offers free and confidential support and information by phone or email. The helpline can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services if you need longer-term support.
Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis
Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis provides a free and confidential support service to women and girls who have experienced rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse.
The service offers:
- A free telephone helpline which is open seven days a week
- An instant message facility
- Email support
- Face-to-face support with trained support workers
- Group support
- A drop-in service each Wednesday
- Evening and weekend appointments
Rape Crisis Centre
30 Bell Street
Glasgow, G1 1LG
South West Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre (Dumfries)
South West Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre provides support to women, men and children.
The service offers:
- Emotional Support
- Group work in educational/community settings around the prevention of sexual violence.
South West Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre
1a Irving Street
Dumfries DG1 1EL
Telephone: 01387 253113
If you have experienced sexual violence, whether recently or in the past, you can report it to the Police.
In Scotland, definitions of rape and sexual assault are provided by the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009.
If you want to report a crime directly to the Police directly, you can call the Police non-emergency number 101. If it is an emergency dial 999 and advise that you need to report a sexual assault and would like to speak to one of their specially trained officers.
Further information on reporting to the police can be found at Police Scotland: Rape and Sexual Crime.
Help for boys and men who have been raped or sexually abused. They offer web and SMS chat support.
Website: Survivors UK
Speak Out Scotland
Help for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Website: Speak Out Scotland
Telephone: 0141 332 9326
Scottish Women’s Aid
Scottish Women’s Aid is the lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse. There are 36 local Women’s Aid branches in Scotland.
Website: Scottish Women's Aid
Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
Freephone: 0800 027 1234 (24hrs)
Support for people experiencing domestic abuse in certain areas of Scotland, who identify as men or LGBTQ+.
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in Scotland
COPFIS have produced Guidance for Victims of Sexual Crimes.
Website: Samaritans Glasgow
Glasgow Samaritans telephone: 0141 248 4488
National telephone: 116 123 (this number is free to call).
Free and confidential support organisation.
Website: Victim Support
Free support line: 0808 16 89 111
Breathing Space offer a free and confidential phone service. There in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and providing information.
Website: Breathing Space
Telephone: 0800 83 85 87
Women's Support Project
The Women's Support Project provides comprehensive information about a wide range of organisations that can provide information and support to victims of rape and sexual assault.
End GHV is an online resource that focuses on tackling Gender-Based Violence in the Higher Education sector.
Website: End GBV