Make yourself safe

If you are at home or in the home of someone else – has the attacker gone? If not, can you make yourself safe, contact a friend or family member or call the police? 

If you are in any danger or seriously injured call                              999 immediately.

If possible, try and find somewhere you feel safe.

Do you have any injuries?

If you have any physical symptoms after an assault you should seek medical help.

If this is more than a very minor injury, or if you were unconscious for even a short time, you should go to Accident and Emergency. If you can, it may be helpful to bring a friend or family member with you.

It is up to you how much information you provide, but the hospital staff will be able to offer you better advice if they are aware of the circumstances.


There are a large number of support services, including local services, you can call or visit who you can talk with about what has happened to you.

Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
Provides confidential information and support to anyone affected by forced marriage or domestic abuse.
Helpline: 0800 027 1234 (24 hour service) 

Grampian Women's Aid
Grampian Women’s Aid offers a free, confidential and non-judgemental service to women, children and young people in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who have experienced domestic abuse.
Phone: 01224 593381

Scottish Women's Aid
Provides advice, support and safe accommodation for women (and their children) who have been abused by their partner or ex-partner. 
Helpline: 0800 027 1234

Aberdeen Cyrenians
Projects offer 1 to 1 support to women, helping them to build the confidence to make positive changes in their lives and supports them to gain safe accommodation.
Helpline: 0300 303 0903

Victim Support Scotland
Provides information and support for victims and witnesses of crime.
Helpline: 0800 160 1985  (8am-8pm, Mon-Fri) 

AMIS (Abused Men in Scotland)
Supports men who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.
Helpline: 03300949395

Men's Advice Line
For men experiencing domestic abuse from their current or ex-partner
Helpline: 0808 801 0327

SACRO Fearless Project
Fearless is a support service for any man, or LGBTI+ person experiencing domestic abuse.
For more information on FearFree you can email or call 0131 624 7270 

Helpline for Scotland providing support to women from minority backgrounds who have been affected by violence against women.
Helpline: 0808 801 0301

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre Advocacy Support Helpline
Helpline: 08088 010 789 

There are two ways you can tell us what happened