Gender Based Violence

West College Scotland Gender Based Violence Student Information

Domestic Abuse and Gender based violence (GBV) is a major public health, equality and human rights issue. It covers a spectrum of violence and abuse, committed primarily but not exclusively against women by men. This includes, but is not limited to

  • domestic abuse
  • rape and sexual assault
  • childhood sexual abuse
  • stalking and harassment
  • commercial sexual exploitation
  • harmful practices – such as female genital mutilation, forced marriage and so-called ‘honour’ based violence.

Local organisations that can provide support if you are being subjected to Domestic Abuse

West Dunbartonshire

  • Dumbarton District Woman’s Aid – 01389 751036

Renfrewshire

Inverclyde

  • Inverclyde Woman’s Aid – Tel: 01475 888505
  • Rape Crisis Glasgow and Clyde – 08088 00 00 14

Websites

STALKING & CYBER-STALKING

  • National Stalking Helpline

Open daily 9:30am – 4pm, except Wednesday, 1pm – 4pm                             

Call: 0808 802 0300

  • FollowIt App – can be downloaded to record incidents of stalking

 download this app

  • Revenge Porn helpline

Email: help@revengepornhelpline.org.uk

  • The Cyber Helpline

Access their range of guides to help you when your online security has been compromised.

  • Report Harmful Content

This organisation can support you in reporting harmful online content across different social media platforms.

  • Voice of Internet Crime

This site has instructions on removing your images from Google and other websites.

HOMOPHOBIC AND TRANSPHOBIC ABUSE

  • LGBT Helpline Scotland

Open Tuesday and Wednesday between 12-9pm 

Call 0300 123 2523

Email the helpline confidentially on helpline@lgbthealth.org.uk.

  • LGBT Youth Scotland’s transgender support service
  • Email info@lgbtyouth.org.uk or send a text to 07786 202 370

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

  • Modern Slavery Helpline

Call: 08000 121 700

LEGAL AND FINANCIAL ADVICE

  • Scottish Women’s Rights Centre

Open for legal information: Monday 2 – 5 pm. Tuesday 6 – 8 pm, Wednesday 11 am – 2 pm, Friday 10 am – 1 pm

Open for advocacy support: Tuesday 11 am – 2 pm

Open for Sexual harassment support: Thursday 5 – 8 pm

Call: 08088 010 789

  • Scottish Refugee Council (for immigration advice)

Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Call: 0141 223 7979
                Information on  the changes to the asylum process and resettlement here.

  • Shelter Scotland (for housing advice)

Open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm

Call: 0808800 4444

SUPPORT FOR MENTAL HELATH

  • Samaritans

Open 24/7

Call: 116 123

  • Breathing Space

Open Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am and Friday 6pm – Monday 6am 

Call: 0800 83 85 87