HOTLINES & LOCAL ORGANISATIONS

We have put together a short list of hotlines and local organisations which may be useful to you. 

Most external agencies will provide specialist services and helplines which vary on opening times. There are guidelines which detail the options for reporting and how to go about reporting and seeking support. Their email services are always open and resources on sexual assault are accessible on their websites. These websites all have an emergency exit button which diverts you to a different website to avoid suspicion.

If you are in immediate danger, you can call 999, or 101 for non-emergency calls.

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For University of St Andrews Students and Staff

The university has launched a new Report & Support tool! On it you can find support for students and for staff

For more information from the University on this topic, please visit their ‘Sexual Misconduct – advice and guidance for students‘ page.  

General support for everyone regardless of identity

  • Rape Crisis Scotland (general support) https://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk
    • Information is provided in Punjabi, Urdu, Slovakian, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, Polish, French and British Sign Language
    • Helpline is open every day 6pm-midnight
    • 08088 01 03 02
    • support@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk
    • Text: 07537 410 027 – for initial contact, information and signposting
    • Rape Crisis Scotland provides a national rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened.
    • The National Helpline is normally open from 6pm to midnight, 7 days a week, and offers free and confidential initial and crisis support and information.The helpline can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services for ongoing support. The helpline can arrange for language interpreters if your first language is not English.

 

  • FRASAC (support in Fife) https://www.frasac.org.uk
    • 01592 642336
    • info@frasac.org.uk 
    • Fife Rape and Sexual Assault Centre is an independent voluntary organisation that offers a range of free and confidential time limited support to anyone, male or female, who has been raped or sexually assaulted at some point in their lives.

 

We recognise that many people require more tailored support. We’ve collated several useful resources for people of various identities:

For Male Survivors

  • Survivors UK  https://www.survivorsuk.org
    • SurvivorsUK can offer a range of support services including counselling and therapy appointments as well as online chat. All services are provided by trained professionals who as specialists in the field of male sexual violence have helped many men to work through their experiences.
    • SurvivorsUK was established as a service for male survivors, however we are an inclusive service and welcome anyone who identifies as male, trans, non-binary, has identified as male in the past, or anyone who feels that we are the right fit for them.
    • Online chat services available 12pm-8pm, 7 days a week, online or via whatsapp +44 7491 816064
    • Email: help@survivorsuk.org
    • Office helpline: 0203 598 3898 – Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

 

  • Mankind https://mkcharity.org/
    • Resources available on their website.
    • They also can offer counselling and psychoeducation sessions for a programme of up to 10 weeks.
    • Phone: 01273 911680
    • Email: admin@mkcharity.org

For BME Women:

  • Southall Black Sisters https://southallblacksisters.org.uk
    • Mon-Fri 10:30AM to 3:30PM (but closed 12:30PM-1:30PM)
    • Southall Black Sisters provides information, advice, advocacy, practical help, counselling and support to women and children experiencing domestic and other forms of gender-related violence. Our holistic services are aimed at helping all women escape violence and abuse

For People Requiring Deaf Access:

For LGBTQ+ Community:

  • LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Scotland https://lgbtdomesticabuse.org.uk
    • Resources and links to specialist organisations working for the LGBT community within Scotland and beyond to seek help on sexual assault.
  • LGBT Scotland
    • A national helpline providing information and emotional support to LGBT people, their families, friends and supporters. Provides support to LGBT people who have experienced domestic abuse. 
    • Open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (12 to 9pm).
    • Phone: 0300 123 2523
  • Fearless
    • Fearless works with men and LGBT survivors of domestic abuse over 16 years old. 
    • Anyone can make a referral to Fearless through the website, email or phone.
    • Phone: 0131 624 7266 
    • Email: fearfreeinfo@sacro.org.uk  
  • Galop
    • https://www.galop.org.uk/ 
    • Galop provides confidential and independent advice and support for LGBT+ people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence. We provide a welcoming, inclusive and safe space to talk, whatever your sexual orientation or gender identity.
    • Opening Times:
      • 10am – 8pm Monday
      • 10am – 5pm Tuesday
      • 10am – 5pm Wednesday
      • 10am – 8pm Thursday
      • 1pm – 5pm Friday
      • (1pm – 5pm Tuesday is trans specific service).
    • Phone: 0300 999 5428 or 0800 9995428
    • Email: info@galop.org.uk

For Non-Native English Speakers:

  • Chayn (non-native English Speakers) https://chayn.co/tools/
    • Helping women experiencing abuse find the right information and support they need to take control of their lives. 
    • CHAYN is a global volunteer network addressing gender-based violence by creating intersectional survivor-led resources online
    • Chayn has put together these global resources for you. Written by survivors, edited by experts. Many are available in multiple languages.

For Survivors of Childhood Abuse:

  • Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project (KASP) https://kasp.org.uk/home/
    • Based in Fife
    • An organisation providing support to survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  They have a young person service designed to focus and prioritise the needs of 16-25 year olds.  They work with all genders 16+ and are based in Fife. If you encounter any issues, it might be because their website is temporarily under construction.

 

  • Safe Space https://safe-space.co.uk/
    • Based in Dunfermline
    • Provide counselling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  They also have a specialised young people’s counselling service for ages 12-18 and work with all genders