Specialist Violence Against Women Agencies

Dundee Women's Aid - Offer a confidential and non-judgemental service to women, young people and children who have experienced domestic abuse. The abuse may be from a partner or ex-partner. DWA strive to provide an inclusive service and support women from all backgrounds regardless of substance misuse issues, mental/physical health, race/ethnicity, religion, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.

WRASAC - provide support to women, including trans women, and young people of all genders (aged 11-18), who have experienced any form of sexual violence, abuse or exploitation in their lives. WRASAC listen to, believe and support survivors of any race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religious and cultural background.

Vice Versa - promotes the health, rights and dignity of women, including trans women, who are involved in exchanging sexual acts for some form of payment. This payment may be financial but may also take the form of drinks, drugs, food or shelter. WRASAC call this sexual exploitation or prostitution, but you might have a different name for it.

DAYS - This service is offered to you if you are a young survivor, of any gender and you are aged from 11 to 18 living in Dundee. We offer confidential, professional support if you have experienced any type of sexual violence. Sexual violence or abuse includes any sexual act which you did not want or has left you with difficult feelings. It can include rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation, sexual bullying, grooming, and sexting, amongst other things.

CLICK - This is a woman-led safety and wellbeing service for any woman selling or exchanging sexual activity online.

Advocacy - WRASAC offer advocacy support as reporting to police can be an overwhelming prospect. They support you through the process and can attend court with you if your case goes to court. You can report sexual violence that has happened to you at any time in the past. If you are considering speaking to the police you can have support from a support worker from WRASAC.

Tayside Domestic Abuse Service

Multi agency Independent Advocacy - The MIA Service provides a crisis intervention and advocacy service if you are experiencing domestic abuse and will help you and your family to minimise future risks of harm. They will ensure that when you exit this service, you can continue to be supported by relevant agencies.

The MIA worker will:

Complete a risk assessment with you Provide a safety plan Signpost you to relevant services Liaise with agencies on your behalf Attend MARAC on your behalf to ensure your voice is at the centre of the meeting

Caledonian Programme Women’s Service:
The Caledonian System is an integrated approach to addressing domestic abuse. It combines a court-ordered programme for men, aimed at changing their behaviour, with support services for women and children. If a man is taking part in Caledonian his partner or ex partner will be offered the women’s service – this provides safety planning, information, advice and emotional support. It is provided by dedicated Women's Workers, who aim both to reduce the risk to women and their children, and to improve women's social and emotional wellbeing. In contrast with the Men's Programme, the Women's Service is voluntary - women are not obliged to accept the support they are offered.

Amina - Amina’s ‘Ending Violence against Women and Girls’ (VAWG) programme is a prevention programme which aims to challenge sexist and misogynistic attitudes and behaviours amongst the Muslim and BME communities. In parallel to this, the project raises awareness of VAWG as well as organisations that support women who are experiencing VAWG. They work with Muslim and BME communities across Scotland, using a unique and tailored approach, so that information about VAWG is reaching our target groups in a form that they consider, process and accept.

Amina - The Helpline is a listening ear and signposting service for Muslim women across Scotland. We run the Helpline Monday to Friday – 10am – 4pm for any Muslim-identified women, and on Wednesdays from 6pm – 9pm for young Muslims women (ages 16-25). It is free from mobiles and landlines and will not appear on your phone bill. All calls are strictly confidential and non-judgemental; we always deal with clients in a faith and culturally-sensitive manner.

Shakti Women’s Aid - helps BME women, children, and young people experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse from a partner, ex-partner, and/ or other members of the household. We are based in Edinburgh. We also have outreach staff in Dundee, Stirling and Fife.

ASPEN is a project hosted within Dundee Women’s Aid which aims to Assess and Support Psychological and Emotional Needs of women with complex needs who struggle to engage with services.  ASPEN is a trauma-informed service. Staffed by 0.8wte Consultant Clinical Psychologist and supported by Dundee Violence Against Women Partner Agencies, ASPEN provides:

Specialist psychological assessment, formulation, and treatment planning in a trauma-informed way Provision of Survive and Thrive Consultation to partner agencies to facilitate more effective support of clients Consultation and support of research to audit service performance and support ongoing development on women’s-only services

Other services for women only

Community Justice Service Women’s Team : Dundee CJS operates a specialist Women’s Team. This team includes a mental health nurse and works closely with key voluntary partners such as TCA mentoring, Women’s Aid and WRASAC. The team carry out assessments, interventions, court reports, support, referrals to other agencies, 1:1 work and through care from prison        

Monday to Friday from 9am till 5pm       
Referral through Court, Procurator Fiscal, Scottish Prison Services

PAUSE (Hosted by TCA): works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care

Dundee International Women's Centre:
DIWC seeks to engage, educate and empower women from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, to help them achieve their personal goals. We provide educational, recreational and social activities, as well as employment training, information and advice services for disadvantaged and/or excluded women from over sixty countries. DIWC works in partnership with many organisations to promote the personal development of women, by encouraging active participation, leadership and citizenship in society.

DIWC provides opportunities for marginalised and socially excluded women, with an emphasis on those from BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) and migrant communities, to reach their full potential and prosper in their communities.

DIWC is unique in Dundee as the only multicultural, 'women-only' organisation, which does not follow a single faith and/or cultural belief as part of the aim or service provision.

As a result of its many years of experience, DIWC has built a positive reputation within the communities it supports, being an organisation which is sensitive and respectful towards diverse cultural needs.

In order to meet our aims, DIWC provides a range of services such as: classes, social groups, informal and formal training, employment training, volunteering, events and issue based awareness-raising.

In addition, our social enterprise business, Rise and Shine Childcare, has gone from strength to strength and has provided thousands of employment opportunities to women across the city.

DIWC is a grassroots organisation and sees it future as continuing to provide and develop services led by community needs and underpinned by our values.

Contact: (0)1382 462058

SHINE Mentoring:
The service is available to all adult females who are:

Currently serving a custodial sentence in Scotland of less than four years and not subject to a statutory order or; on remand or; subject to a Community Payback Order.

How We Help:
Mentoring is a way of helping and supporting people in achieving their goals. The Shine Women's Mentoring service provides women with a mentor who will provide support on a one-to-one basis with many of the issues they might face in the community. A Shine mentor will discuss any issues the woman may have before participation with the programme. This will be done in prison, prior to release or in the community if serving a CPO.

Non specialist services with some women only elements

Tayside Council on Alcohol:

Contact Details 01382 456012

Women Only Mentoring (WoM) - women aged 16+ involved in the community justice system in order to reduce their offending, rebuild their lives, and re-integrate into community. Strong and reliable relationship between mentor and mentee. This allows holistic exploration of the multiple and complex needs of the women.

Women Only Mentoring group - Women only Mentoring activity Group .e.g. Arts and Crafts, Walking, choir, creative arts, journals etc.            

Beyond Mentoring-Voluntary aftercare service - Voluntary aftercare service, providing low level, gender specific support. Supported by project staff, peer led, delivering drop-ins, recovery groups, support groups, activity groups, training and volunteering opportunities.              

Women Only Zone (WoZ)- Offering support to women who have or had issues around alcohol. The group also come together as a Focus Group (Listening Groups) to give personal experience and feedback on current issues e.g. Over provision of licensed premises in Dundee.

1:1 Counselling & Creative Therapies - delivered by qualified, supervised Counsellors. This service is offered by Counsellors who have insight into women specific needs.           

Hillcrest Futures:

Contact: 03001232644

Women -only Living Skills Group -For women affected by homelessness.  Women living in hostel accommodation, promoting living skills & pathways to recovery.

Women only support at Cairn Centre -  on Friday mornings - female multi agency HUB 10 to 12 working in partnership with Vice Versa, criminal justice, Action for Children, harm reduction and BBV team .

Friday a worker is also available 1 to 4 for one to one support at the Cairn Centre for females only.

Women only support at Lochee Hub - one to one support for females only at Lochee hub 10 to 1 then offer a women’s only group 1 to 2:30 were we do pamper sessions and art and crafts with positive conversation

A worker covers all hostels doing women only drop-ins at Salvation army ,Brewery lane and Dundee survival group (Tuesdays)

We are With You (formerly Addaction):

Contact: 01382 206888

Direct Access Clinics - keyworkers offer structured 1:1 work      

2 days per week – based in different localities   

Scottie Centre drop in for women involved in prostitution - Joint partnership with Maryfield Police, Keep Well and WRASAC             

Fitness Classes with Street Soccer at Signpost Centre    Tuesday (am)   

Cooking/Wellbeing Group    

Counselling Referral through Addaction Worker

Venture trust : Next Steps is for women (16+) whose backgrounds have led to their involvement in offending or to experience homelessness or misuse drugs or alcohol which may impact on their wellbeing, relationships and life circumstances.

After an assessment period we support individuals to identify the changes they want to make in their lives and develop goals to help achieve them. During this period, we offer regular community-based outreach support to identify and mitigate against any barriers prior to offering a 5-day supportive residential based Wilderness Journey usually in the highlands of Scotland.

The Wilderness Journey focuses on supporting individuals to develop the skills and coping strategies to maintain their motivation to implement the changes on their return. Further outreach support back in their local community encourages progression and embedding positive changes.

Our programmes provide support for up to 9 months helping individuals to make and sustain connections to services and employment, education, training or volunteering opportunities within their communities.

Contact: easthub@venturetrust.cjsm.net (secure email)


New Beginnings :

The aim of the service is to help babies yet to be born or under the age of one whose lives could be affected by parental substance misuse, mental health issues or learning disabilities. Services offered by New Beginnings for women include:

  • Substance misuse treatment/recovery
  • Mental Health - 1:1 sessions
  • Antenatal care
  • Learning disability - assessment/1:1 sessions
  • Pregnancy matters - financial advice/support
  • Maternity hospital bags - essential items/toiletries
  • Sanitary products
  • Toiletries
  • Sexual health - advice/contraceptive implant