Information for women, children and young people

If you are in immediate danger phone the police on 999

Many women are affected by abuse and you are not alone. It is not your fault if someone has abused you.

There are services in Dundee which can help you. These services are members of the Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership. They are free and open to all women, children and young people.

They will believe what you say and help you to stay safe.

Click on the links below to find out about the help on offer in Dundee and where to find more information.

Help for Women

Click on the links below for more information about:

Services in Dundee
Your Rights

If you are affected by any form of abuse there are many services which can help you.

There are also laws which can protect you and deal with the person abusing you.

The following agencies In Dundee can support you and any children involved. They tell you about your rights, for example to help with the law or housing or welfare benefits. They can also tell you about other help on offer.

Services in Dundee

Dundee Women’s Aid

Works with women, young people and children who have been affected by domestic abuse. The abuse may be from a partner, ex-partner or someone you are living with. Women's Aid can provide advice, support and safe refuge for women and their children. This service can be accessed by women aged 16 and over.

The service will work with children and young people from 0 up to 19 years old with parental/carer consent. The service can work with children aged 8 years and over without parental/carer consent.

Boys and young men under the age of 18 years can be accommodated in refuge as long as they are dependents of the woman being admitted. If a young man turns 18 whilst in refuge, he will continue to be accommodated subject to an individual risk assessment.

Enterprise House, 45 North Lindsay Street, Dundee DD1 1PW

Office open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 - 12:30 & 1:30 - 4:30 and Wednesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Email:

info@dundeewomensaid.co.uk  for general enquiries and

support@dundeewomensaid.co.uk if you require support or are making a referral

Crisis Line: 01382 207099

Text: 07763682105

Website: http://www.dundeewomensaid.co.uk/

 

Dundee International Women’s Centre

Provides a safe, friendly, comfortable environment for the personal development of all women, regardless of race, culture, faith/belief, age, ability or sexual orientation.

Unit 9, Manhattan Business Park

Dundonald Street

DundeeDD3 7PY

Telephone: 01382 462058

Email: mail@diwc.co.uk

Web: http://www.diwc.co.uk/

 

Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Dundee

Support for women, young women and girls in the Dundee and Angus area who have been raped or sexually abused at anytime in their lives.

This service can be accessed by women aged 13 and over.

Helpline: 01382 201291

Monday 12-2pm;Tuesday 10-12pm;Wednesday and Friday 7-9pm;Thursday 2-4pm

Answering machine at other times

Website: http://www.wrasacdundee.org/

 

Vice Versa Project

Support for women involved in street prostitution. Signposts women to agencies that can help, such as drug treatment. Supports women to exit prostitution.

A drop in centre runs on Wednesday evenings between 7 and 10pm. Appointments are not necessary to access this service. Phone for further information.

Telephone: WRASAC Helpline 01382 20129 (Monday 12-2pm; Tuesday 10-12pm; Wednesday and Friday 7-9pm; Thursday 2-4pm) or Kay: 07939464085

Outreach team: one Wednesday evening each month between 7 and 10pm. Members can be identified by yellow wristbands.

 

Barnardo’s Tayside Domestic Abuse Initiative

Partnership with Tayside Police Domestic Abuse Officer. Provides counselling to help those experiencing domestic abuse deal with past/ongoing experiences. Services include individual/group work with children/young people, parenting skills, court support, advice/guidance with housing benefits and legal issues. Priority is given to police referrals. Referrals from other agencies and self referrals also accepted.

This service can be accessed by women aged 16 years and over. Only children whose parent / carer is using the service can be supported.

4 West Bell Street

Dundee DD1 9JU

Telephone: 01382 596866

Email: fiona.mill@barnardos.org.uk

Website: http://www.barnardos.org.uk

 

Action for Children, Women and Family Safety Workers

Works with the partners/ex partners and children of male perpetrators of domestic abuse who are under assessment for or participating in the domestic abuse perpetrator group work programme facilitated by Criminal Justice Social Work services. The project operates across Tayside and links directly with the facilitators of the programme.

Access is by referral from Criminal Justice Social Work only.

57 Blackscroft

Dundee

DD4 6AT

Telephone: 01382 455709 Office hours 9am–5:30pm Monday-Friday

 

Police Scotland (Tayside Division)

Domestic Abuse Officers and Sexual Offences Liaison Officers

There are specialist police officers who are trained to work with anyone affected by abuse.

Domestic Abuse Officer: 101

Sexual Offences Liaison Officer: 101

 

Women's Information on Support and Housing (WISH) Project

The WISH project is funded by the Lottery and is run in partnership between Dundee City Council, Dundee Women's Aid, Barnardo's Scotland and Action for Children.

The service provides information and practical support on security, housing and legal options to women who have experience of any form of violence or abuse from a partner, ex-partner or family member.

Staff will help women in urgent need, but WISH is not an emergency crisis service and cannot guarantee to return calls or emails immediately.

To contact WISH call 01382 307344 or e-mail support@wishdundee.org.uk Workers can meet you at a suitable location or support you by phone or e-mail.

For more information click here: WISH

 

Click here to see more about Dundee’s adult support and protection services.

 

Your Rights

If you are affected by violence and abuse, you have rights to protection and to safety.

Safe housing

You have the right to be safe wherever you live. You may need help to stay safe in your own home or to move to somewhere else, in the short or longer term. For more information you can contact the freephone Homelessness Advice Line 0800 633 5843, 24 hours a day.

More information and numbers at www.dundeecity.gov.uk/housingoptions/hodomesticabuse/

 

The law

You may be able to use the law to help protect you. You may need a solicitor to help with this. It is best to find a solicitor who is experienced in working with those affected by abuse. Dundee Women’s Aid and the Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre can tell you about local solicitors who have been helpful to other women. You can also contact:

Dundee North Law Centre: 01382 307230

Citizens Advice Bureau: 01382 307494 (Wellgate Centre) and 01382 622793 (Charleston)

Domestic abuse: see Scottish Women’s Aid information about legal rights

Sexual violence : see Scottish Government information

 

Health services

Physical, sexual and emotional abuse can affect short and long-term physical and mental health. If you need immediate treatment go to Accident and Emergency at Ninewells Hospital. For other health issues, you can speak to your family doctor (GP) or any other health worker you are in contact with such as a health visitor. Health workers in Dundee are trained to work with those who are affected by any kind of abuse. Some services always ask about abuse (in the same way that they ask about smoking). You can also speak to NHS 24 any time: 08454 24 24 24 if you think you need to be seen by a doctor or want to ask for advice (see also http://www.nhs24.com/).

 

Help For Children and Young People

If you are a child or young personaffected by violence against women the following agencies inDundee can support you.

Dundee Women’s Aid

Works with young people and children who have been affected by domestic abuse.

The service will work with children and young people from 0 up to 19 years old with parental/carer consent. The service can work with children aged 8 years and over without parental/carer consent.

Boys and young men under the age of 18 can be accommodated in refuge as long as they are dependents of the woman being accommodated. If a young man turns 18 whilst in refuge, he will continue to be accommodated subject to an individual risk assessment.

 

Enterprise House, 45 North Lindsay Street, Dundee DD1 1PW

Office open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 - 12:30 & 1:30 - 4:30 and Wednesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm

Email:

info@dundeewomensaid.co.uk  for general enquiries and

support@dundeewomensaid.co.uk if you require support or are making a referral

Crisis Line: 01382 207099

Text: 07763682105

Website: http://www.dundeewomensaid.co.uk/

 

Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Dundee

Support for young women and girls in the Dundee and Angus area who have been raped or sexually abused at anytime in their lives.

This service can be accessed by young women aged 13 and over.

Helpline: 01382 201291 Monday 12-2pm; Tuesday 10-12pm; Wednesday and Friday 7-9pm; Thursday 2-4pm. Answering machine at other times

Website: http://www.wrasacdundee.org/

 

Childline

Advice, information and help for children and young people. Phone, text, email, letters and chat.

Telephone: 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Website: http://www.childline.org.uk/

 

LGBT Youth Scotland Domestic Abuse Project

For LGBT young people (13-25) who are or think they may be experiencing domestic abuse

Telephone: 0141 552 7425 (Mon to Thurs 9am-5pm; Friday 9am-4.30pm)

Website: http://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/

 

Information for children and young people affected by domestic abuse

You can find further information for children and young people affected by domestic abuse at:

www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk/help-and-info-for-young-people

http://www.thehideout.org.uk/

You can also seeyoung people speaking out about domestic abuse at http://www.voiceagainstviolence.org.uk/

Click here to see more about Dundee's services for the protection of children and young people.

 

Useful Numbers

If you are in immediate danger phone the police on 999

The agencies below can tell you about other services which may be able to help you.

 

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline:

0800 027 1234 (24 hours)

 

Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline:

08088 01 03 02 (Daily, 6pm to midnight) http://www.rapecrisiscotland.org.uk/

 

Women’s Aid

Dundee: 01382 207099 www.dundeewomensaid.co.uk/

Angus: 01241 439457 www.anguswomensaid.co.uk/

Perth: 01738 639043 www.perthwomensaid.org.uk

http://www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk/

 

Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

Dundee & Angus: 01382 201291 www.wrasacdundee.org/

Perth & Kinross: 01738 630965 www.perthshirerapecrisis.org/

 

Police Scotland (Tayside Division):

101 (24 hours) http://www.scotland.police.uk/

 

Barnardo’s Domestic Abuse Initiative

Dundee: 01382 596866

Angus: 01241 435747

Perth: 01738 892516

http://www.barnardos.org

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Domestic Abuse Project:

info@lgbtdomesticabuse.org.uk

http://www.lgbtdomesticabuse.org.uk/

 

Ethnic minority women

Amina Muslim Women’s Helpline:

0808 801031 http://www.mwrc.org.uk/

Shakti Women’s Aid:

0131 475 2399 http://www.shaktiedinburgh.co.uk

Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid:

0141 353 0859 http://www.hematgryffe.org.uk

 

Children and young people

Childline

0800 1111 (24 hours) http://www.childline.org.uk/

Dundee Women's Aid:

01382 207099 http://www.dundeewomensaid.co.uk

Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre: Dundee & Angus:

01382 201291 www.wrasacdundee.org/

LGBT Youth Scotland Domestic Abuse Project:

0141 552 7425 (Mon to Thurs 9am-5pm; Friday 9am-4.30pm) http://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/ (For LGBT young people (13-25) who are or think they may be experiencing domestic abuse)

Young Scot Infoline:

0808 801 0338 (weekdays 10am-6pm) - http://www.youngscot.org/

See also Dundee Child Care and Protection Committee

 

Other useful sites with information for those affected by abuse

Women's Support Project

Survivor Scotland

Dundee's Adult Support and Protection Committee

Victims of Crime in Scotland

Scottish Government information after rape and sexual assault