Help & Support
If you need help and support, there are a number of agencies you can contact.
Call the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) on: 020 7008 0151 (or 0044 20 7008 0151 if you are overseas).
The Scottish Government has arranged for a helpline to take calls from people faced with the threat of or who are in a forced marriage. The number is free, cannot be traced and is available 24 hours a day – free phone 0800 027 1234. More information on where to go for help is also available atyourrightscotland.org.
Other local support services include;
Local Support Services (Scotland)
Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre (Glasgow and Dundee)
Works with Muslim women and promotes understanding of their needs.
Helpline: 0808 801 0301
Tel: 01382 224 687 or 0141 585 8026
Supports the mental health and well-being of black and minority ethnic women in Edinburgh.
Tel: 0131 556 9302
Shakti Women’s Aid
Provide support, advocacy, refuge and information to all black/minority ethnic women, children and young people experiencing and/or fleeing domestic abuse.
Telephone: 0131 475 2399
Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid
Provide support, advocacy, refuge and information for black and minority ethnic women, children and young people who are victims of domestic abuse.
Tel: 0141 353 0859
Men’s Advice Line
Confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic abuse.
Helpline: 0808 801 0327
Men in Mind
Edinburgh-based services for black and minority ethnic men who are experiencing issues that may affect their mental health and well-being.
support for men worried about abusive behaviour or living with abuse
Tel: 0808 802 4040
S.A.Y. Women Accommodation Project-
Housing and support for young women who have been raped or sexually abused.
Tel: 0141 552 5803
Scottish Women’s Aid
National organisation responding to domestic abuse with network of member local groups across Scotland.
Tel: 0131 226 6606
Victim Support Scotland
Provides emotional support, practical help and essential information to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime.
Helpline: 0845 603 9213
Voice Against Violence-
Tackling domestic abuse through the voice of the young.
Supports people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable people who have experienced crime or abuse.
Helpline: 0808 802 8686
Women’s Support Project
Telephone support and information for women affected by violence, and for their family, friends and supporters. On-going support offered to women whose children
Tel: 0141 552 2221
Helpline: 0141 552 2221
Ashiana (Sheffield): 0114 255 5740
Ashiana Project (London): 020 8539 0427
Asian Women’s Resource Centre (London): 020 8961 6549
Forward (Specifically for African women): 0208 960 4000
Freedom Charity(UK based) 24/7 helpline: 0845 607 0133
Henna Foundation (Cardiff): 029 2049 6920
Honour Network (Karma Nirvana): 0800 5999 247
Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation(IKWRO)- London : 0207 920 6460, 6461, 6462
LIFE Project (Birmingham): 0121 554 3920
National Domestic Violence Helpline (UK based): 0808 200 0247
Practical Solutions (Blackburn): 0844 879 3129
Southall Black Sisters (London): Helpline Tel: 020 8571 0800