Other sources of help

Domestic Abuse


Help and support for men in Scotland affected by domestic abuse

Tel: 0808 800 0024

Opening Times: Mon to Fri 10am – 4pm / Tues & Thurs 6pm-9pm

Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline

Help and support for men and women in Scotland affected by domestic abuse and forced marriage

Tel: 0800 027 1234

Opening Times: 24 hours a day

Police Scotland

Ask to speak to your local Domestic Abuse Liaison Officer

Tel: 101 or 0131 311 3131

Opening Times: 24 hours a day

Social Care Direct

Tel: 0131 200 2324

Out of Hours Tel: 0800 731 6969

Outside of UK Tel: 0044 131 553 8286

Address: Chesser House, 500 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 3YJ

Email: socialcaredirect@edinburgh.gov.uk

Opening Times: Mon to Thurs 5pm-8.30am, Friday 3.55pm-8.30am

Victim Support Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 668 2556

Email: victimsupport.edinburgh@victimsupportsco.org.uk

Address: 5 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BH

Opening Times: Mon to Thurs 9.30am-4pm, Fri 9.30am-12.30pm

Rowan Alba: Follow Me

Follow Me is a unique Rowan Alba service offering support for homeless people in Edinburgh who have experienced abuse. Follow Me recognises that abuse of any kind can happen to anyone and works with both male and female service users. More often than not, staff work with people while they are in temporary accommodation and support them when they move into their own tenancies.

Tel: 0131 229 7554

Address: 85-95 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9PU

Email: info@rowanalba.org

Rape Crisis Scotland

Free and confidential help and support for anyone affected by sexual violence.

Tel: 08088 01 03 02

Opening Times: 7 days a week, 6pm-12am


Families Need Fathers

Information and support for fathers across Scotland

Tel: 0131 557 2440

One Parent Families

Works to ensure that all families, particularly those headed by a lone parent, have the support, information and confidence needed to play a full part in Scotland’s economic and social life.

Tel: 0808 801 0323

Children 1st: Parent Line Scotland

For anyone with concerns about a child

Tel: 0800 028 2233

Ethnic Minority Men

Ethnic Minorities Law Centre

The EMLC provides free legal advice and representation to individuals from Scotland’s BME communities.

Glasgow Office – Tel: 0141 204 2888, Mon to Fri 9.30am-10.30am

Edinburgh Office – Tel: 0131 229 2038, Mon 3.30pm-4.30pm and Wed & Fri 10am-11am

Scottish Refugee Council

Helping refugees and asylum seekers

Tel: 0141 248 9799

Email: info@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk

LINKnet Mentoring Ltd

Mentoring and personal development for minority ethnic communities

Tel: 0131 261 4463

Email: enquiries@linknetmentoring.com

Honour-Based Violence and Forced Marriage

Forced Marriage Unit

Advice and support for anyone concerned about forced marriage.

Tel: 0207 008 0151

Tel Out of Hours: 0207 008 1500 (ask for Global Response Centre)

Opening Times: Mon to Fri 9am-5pm

Email: fmu@fco.gov.uk

Karma Nirvana

Help and support for victims of forced marriage and honour based violence.

Tel: 0800 5999 247

Freedom Charity

Aim to empower young people to feel they have the tools and confidence to support each other and have practical ways in which they can help their best friend around the issues of family relationships which can lead to early and forced marriage and dishonour based violence.

Tel: 0845 607 0133



LGBT Helpline (Scotland)

The LGBT Helpline helps LGBT people with a range of issues including domestic abuse (sexuality, gender identity, relationships, sex and sexual health, coming out, safety, LGBT rights, homo/bi/transphobia, info on LGBT venues and groups, isolation, emotional support, suicidal thoughts, bullying)

Tel: 0300 123 2523

Opening Times: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12pm – 9pm

LGBT Youth Scotland

The largest youth and community-based organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland.

Tel: 0300 123 2523

Pink Parents

Promotes equality and diversity and aims to eliminate discrimination in relation to lesbian, gay and bisexual parents and parents-to-be and their children for the benefit of the public. They provide information, advice and support services.

Tel: 08701 273 274

Scottish Transgender Alliance

Offers guidance to service providers and employers on transgender equality issues and good practice in Scotland. It also provides information to support transgender people in understanding and accessing their human rights.

Tel: 0131 467 6039

Broken Rainbow

LGBT Domestic Abuse helpline

Tel: 0300 999 5428

Opening Times: Mon & Thurs 10am-8pm, Tues & Wed 10am-5pm

Stonewall Scotland

Promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in Scotland.

Tel: 0800 050 2020

Opening Times: Mon to Fri 9.30am-5.30pm

Housing and homelessness

Housing Options Team

Tel: 0131 529 7368

Address: Level 1, Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BJ

Email: housingoptions@edinburgh.gov.uk

Opening Times: Mon/Wed/Thurs 8.30am-5pm, Tues 10am-5pm, Fri 8.30am-3.40pm

Shelter (Scotland)

Freephone advice line for housing and homelessness issues

Tel: 0808 800 4444

Opening Times: Mon to Fri 9am-5pm

The Access Point – Rough Sleeping

(Housing, social work and health assistance)

Tel: 0131 529 7438

Address: 17 and 23 Leith Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3AT

Neighbourhood Council Offices Out of Hours – Tel: 0800 032 5968


Working with people who are homeless and in housing crisis. Their crisis centre comprises of various facilities (toiletries, laundry). Their workers provide a wide range of support to their clients helping them find accommodation and accessing health care.

Tel: 0131 557 6055

Freephone: 0808 178 2323

Address: 22 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AF

Rowan Alba: Follow Me

Follow Me is a unique Rowan Alba service offering support for homeless people in Edinburgh who have experienced abuse. Follow Me recognises that abuse of any kind can happen to anyone and works with both male and female service users. More often than not, staff work with people while they are in temporary accommodation and support them when they move into their own tenancies.

Tel: 0131 229 7554

Address: 85-95 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9PU

Email: info@rowanalba.org

Crossreach – Cunningham House

Cunningham House is a short-stay, supported hostel for homeless people located in the heart of Edinburgh. The hostel has 23 rooms, 20 for men and 3 for women. The hostel provides a safe, supportive environment where residents get 3 meals a day.

Tel: 0131 225 4795

Address: 205 Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1JH

Edinburgh Cyrenians

Project in Edinburgh to support young homeless people sharing houses.

Tel: 0131 475 2354

Address: Norton Park, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY

Welfare Advice

Citizens Advice Scotland

Freephone Advice Line on issues such as debt, employment, welfare and consumer advice.

Tel: 0808 800 9060

Opening Times: Mon to Fri 9am-8pm

The Money Advice Service

Helps people to manage their money. Free and impartial advice service to help people make the most of their money.

Tel: 0300 500 5000

The Advice Shop

Provides a range of welfare rights and debt advice to help people maximise their income and deal with money problems.

Tel: 0131 200 2360

Opening Times: Mon/Wed/Thurs 8.30am-4.30pm, Tues 10am-4.30pm, Fri 8.30am-3pm

Address: 249 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ

Email: advice.shop@edinburgh.gov.uk

Granton Information Centre

Provides free, impartial and confidential advice, information and representation on a range of issues and by a variety of methods including centre-based interviews, home visits, outreach/drop in clinics, representation, training provision and raising awareness sessions.

Tel: 0131 552 0458

Address: 134-138 West Granton Road, Edinburgh, EH5 1PE

CHAI Edinburgh (Community Help and Advice Initiative)

Support to relieve poverty, provide social welfare assistance, provide practical help and provide information, advice and support.

Tel: 0131 442 2100

Address: ELS House, 555 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, EH11 3LE  

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Breathing Space

Anyone can feel down or depressed from time to time. It helps to get some Breathing Space. You are not alone and talking about how you feel is a positive first step in getting help.

Tel: 0800 83 85 87

Opening Times: Mon to Thurs 6pm-2am, Fri to Mon 6pm-6am


Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential, emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Samaritans believe in the value of having time and space to explore difficult feelings.

Tel: 08457 90 90 90

Freephone: 116-123

Health in Mind Scotland

Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland.

Tel: 0131 225 858

Address: 40 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh, EH2 4RT

Trauma Counselling Line (part of Health in Mind)

A Freephone telephone counselling service for adults who experienced abuse in childhood.

Tel: 08088 020406

Health in Mind: Pathway Project (Men)

Support for adult men within the Lothians who have experienced sexual abuse in childhood, or domestic violence or rape as an adult.

Tel: 0131 225 8508

Email: traumaservices@health-in-mind.org.uk

Hope Park Counselling Centre

Counselling offers time to work through personal issues or difficulties which are causing distress. Concerns about anxiety, depression, loss, work issues or abuse or relationship difficulties.

Tel:  0131 650 6696

Address: 8 Hope Park Square, Meadow Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 9NW

The Stafford Centre

Drop-in centre for adults with mental health problems. Offers information, support, group and recreational activities.

Tel: 0131 557 0718

Address: 103 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RZ

Edinburgh Depression Support Group

This peer support self-help group offers a safe and encouraging place to meet others in a similar situation to explore positive ways of managing depression.

Email: edinburghdepressionsupport@hotmail.co.uk


Independent advocacy organisation primarily for people with experience of mental-ill health in Edinburgh. AdvoCard provide opportunities for people to participate more effectively in decisions that affect all aspects of their lives.

Tel: 0131 554 5307

Address: 332 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5BR

Drug and Alcohol Support

The Sorted Project

Helping people in Edinburgh who are recovering from substance dependency and/or mental health problems.

Tel: 0131 243 2657

Address: 4th Floor, Thorn House, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PR

Vocal: Addictions

A self-help organisation for friends and family living with the effects of drug or alcohol abuse. Runs in partnership with the Lothian Alcohol Problem Service.

Tel: 0131 622 6666

Address: 8-13 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW

Simpson House Counselling

Individual counselling and relationship to people affected by their own drug use.

Tel: 0131 225 1054

Address: 52 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3NS

Crew 2000

Provides real and relevant drug related information, advice and support services. They provide a drop-in shop, drug counselling and complementary therapy.

Tel: 0131 220 3404

Opening Times: Mon to Fri 10am-4pm

Address: 32 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PB


LEAP is a programme for people dependent on substances who want to get clean and live in Edinburgh and the Lothians. If alcohol is part of the wider drugs problem they will also offer treatment. LEAP is a day programme which lasts three months and involves structured activities every day.

Tel: 0131 332 3228

Family Conflict

Relationship Scotland

Provide relationship counselling, family mediation, child contact centres and other family support services. They support individuals, couples and families experiencing relationship difficulties.

Tel: 0845 119 2020

Email: enquiries@relationships-scotland.org.uk

Address: 18 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EP

Couple Counselling Lothian

Offers counselling and a range of other services for couples and individuals, children, young people and extended families who are affected by relationship problems.

Tel: 0131 556 1527

Address: 9a Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QG

Family Mediation Alliance

Their purpose is to help and support families and children who are experiencing break up. The emotional fall-out from a family break-up can cause lasting pain and damage. Their role is to minimise these effects and, where possible, prevent them from happening at all.

Tel: 0131 226 4507

Address: 37 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2HN

Worried About Your Own Behaviour?


Helpline for any man or woman who is concerned about their on abusive behaviours.

Tel: freephone 0808 802 4040

Opening Times: Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm

Email: info@respectphoneline.org.uk

Safer Families

Safer Families Edinburgh can help you if you are abusive and you don’t want to be.

Tel: 0131 469 5325

Email: saferfamilies@edinburgh.gov.uk