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Helpful Resources and Information

We hope to add to this over the coming weeks. Last updated 14th November 2018

Child Protection

Perth & Kinross Council: This is a link to the council's website that provides information about child protection and what you can do if you are concerned about a child. http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/17671/Child-Protection-frequently-asked-questions

Commercial Sexual Exploitation (Prostitution)

Encompass: is a Scottish network of agencies working with people at risk of becoming involved in, who are currently involved in, or who have exited selling or exchanging sexual activity / commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). It also provides some useful resources and links to other organisations that can provide support to women involved in CSE. http://www.encompassnetwork.info/

Scottish Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation: SCASE works to raise awareness of the harm caused to women through prostitution and other forms of commercial sexual exploitation, including stripping, lap dancing, pornography, sex tourism, mail order brides, and trafficking for the purposes of prostitution. https://scase.wordpress.com/

Criminal Injuries Compensation

For information on how to claim criminal injuries compensation if you have experienced a violent crime the direct link to claim is https://www.gov.uk/claim-compensation-criminal-injury/make-claim

Please be aware that there are many websites that may appear to be links to claiming compensation that are in fact organisations who would apply on your behalf for a fee.

Dissociation

First Person Plural: This organisation specialises in working for and on behalf of all those affected by Dissociative Identity Disorder and other similar trauma-related dissociative identity conditions. They have a range of factsheets, articles and information on training. http://www.firstpersonplural.org.uk/

Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors (PODS): This organisations focus is 'making recovery from dissociative disorders a reality through training, informing and supporting.' Please note that there helpline is not a crisis service. https://www.pods-online.org.uk/who-we-are-what-we-do-and-why

Domestic Abuse

Amina: The Muslim Women's Helpline 0808 801 0301
All calls are strictly confidential and non-judgemental. They deal with clients in a faith and culturally-sensitive manner. They can help women in English, Urdu, Arabic, Bangla and Swahili and, when required, using online interpreting. http://www.mwrc.org.uk/

Women's Aid: the following organisations provide information, support and temporary refuge accommodation. They provide a confidential, and non-judgemental service to women, young people and children who have experienced domestic abuse. The abuse may be from a partner, ex-partner or someone you are living with.

Dundee Women's Aid
Support Line (01382) 207099
http://www.dundeewomensaid.co.uk/

Perth Women's Aid
For Support Call (01738) 639043
http://www.perthwomensaid.org.uk/

To find your nearest Women's Aid service you can visit the Scottish Women's Aid website. http://womensaid.scot/find-nearest-swa-group/

Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline: Open 24 Hours a day Call 0800 027 1234
http://sdafmh.org.uk/

Feminism for Young People - Useful books

‘The Little Book of Feminism ’ – Harriet Dyer

‘Here we are –Feminism for the Real World’ - edited by Kelly Jensen

‘I am Malala’- Malala Youseifzai

‘How to be a Woman’ - Caitlin Moran

Feminism for adults - Useful books

Moranifesto’ and ‘How to build a Girl’ - Caitlin Moran

Legal Information

Scottish Women's Rights Centre: If you have experience abuse or violence and you are not sure what your rights are you can contact this free helpline to receive confidential legal information and advice. https://www.scottishwomensrightscentre.org.uk/
Freephone 08088 010 789
Tuesdays 6-9pm, Wednesdays 1.30-4.30pm, Fridays 10am-1pm

Learning Difficulty and Disabilities

Acts of Recovery - Moving on from Childhood Abuse: NHS Lothian and partners FAIR and Napier University have developed this accessible easy read social story type booklet - Acts of Recovery” – an aid for people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and includes suggestions that can help people with their ways of coping and recovery journeys. https://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/publications/Acts-of-recovery-moving-on-from-childhood-abuse.pdf

Unlocking Sexual Abuse and Learning disabilities: A guide for family, carers and support staff supporting adults with learning disabilities who have been sexually abused. https://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/publications/enable-abusebooklet-handbook.pdf

LGBTi

Equality Network: This website provides information on LGBT rights, news and events. The Equality Network works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality and human rights in Scotland. https://www.equality-network.org/

GLOW: A weekly LGBT youth drop in at 68-86 Scott Street, Perth further details about the group and how to join can be found at https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/perth

LGBT helpline Scotland: Providing information & emotional support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their families, friends and supporters across Scotland. They also support people questioning or wanting to discuss their sexuality or gender identity. Telephone: 0300 123 2523; Email:helpline@lgbthealth.org.uk web: http://www.lgbthealth.org.uk/helpline/

LGBT Youth Scotland: The website has lots of information for young people, professionals, parents and carers. Information on coming out, Transgender, Bullying and your rights https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: Emotional and Practical support for LGBT+ people facing domestic abuse. Helpline: 0800 999 5428 Mon,Tue, & Friday 10am-5pm, Wed & Thursday 10am-8pm; Tuesday 1pm – 5pm is a Trans specific service or email: help@galop.org.uk

Non-Binary Scotland: Non-Binary Scotland is a group that provides support and social opportunities for people who either self-identify as outwith the gender binary of men and women or are questioning whether they might. http://nonbinaryscotland.org/

Rape Crisis Scotland: Link to Supporting LGBTi Survivors of Sexual Violence Support Resource booklet https://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/publications/RCS-001-LGBTI-A5booklet-02w

Stonewall Scotland: Their website provides information on a range of topics, including hate crime, housing, asylum, health and adoption and fostering. https://www.stonewall.org.uk/

Male Survivors

Trauma Counselling Line in Scotland: Provide free telephone counselling service for anyone who experienced sexual, emotional, physical, psychological, spiritual abuse or neglect as a child. They offer there service in English, Mandarin, French, Polish, Urdu, Punjabi and Taiwanese. http://health-in-mind.org.uk/services/trauma_counselling_line_scotland/d15/

Victim Support Scotland: Offer a service to men who have experienced rape or sexual assault in Tayside. email thtrefs@victimsupportsco.org.uk or Telephone 01382 238720

Mental Health And Wellbeing

MIND: while this is based more in England and Wales it has lots of great information and self-help guidance about a wide variety of mental health related topics including suicide and self-harm. The site also features lots of input and stories from people on their recovery journeys. www.mind.org.uk

Mindspace: Based in Perth Mindspace provide Adult and Young People's Counselling service and also have the Recovery College with a wide range of activities that you can get involved in. You can call them on (01738) 631639 or contact them through their website. http://mindspacepk.com/

Moodjuice: This is a website with great resources, techniques and tips to cope with emotional problems. http://www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk/

Saheliya: A black minority ethnic women mental health organisation based in Edinburgh. Provides counselling, befriending, support work and complementary therapies. http://www.saheliya.co.uk/

SAMH: This is the Scottish Association for Mental Health. They provide a range of mental health support and services. https://www.samh.org.uk/

Parents and Carers

The Mama Bear Effect There are some excellent Resources for talking to your children about their bodies & body safety, why children don’t tell, parenting as a survivor. http://www.themamabeareffect.org/empowering-our-children.html

Beacon House: Provide free resources that provide information on Trauma and Attachment and some useful information and resources, although focused on adoption/fostering that can be very useful for any parent whose child has been traumatised. http://beaconhouse.org.uk/useful-resources/

Inner World Work: This website is a collection of creative works in different formats to support parents and professionals working with, living with and loving a child who carries trauma pain through their daily life. As a parent it can be a humbling and exhausting experience.http://www.innerworldwork.co.uk/

Hands On Scotland: This website aims to help you make a difference to children and young people's lives. It gives practical information, tools and activities to respond helpfully to troubling behaviour and to help children and young people to flourish. http://www.handsonscotland.co.uk/

Rape Crisis Scotland: Information for parents supporting a member of their family through sexual violence. https://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/publications/RCS-003-Information-for-Parents-logos-back-WEB.pdf

Pornography

Revenge Porn Helpline: If you have had your images posted online without your consent this helpline can provide you with free, confidential advice. The website also contains some FAQ's, information and news. https://revengepornhelpline.org.uk/

Rape and Sexual Abuse

Rape Crisis Scotland: Offer a National Helpline open from 6pm to Midnight every night of the year. Call 08088 01 03 02

Additionally there is useful information relating to rape and sexual abuse that can be found here. If you are looking for support in relation to your experience of rape, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment or ritual abuse then you can find your local centre. https://www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/help-local-rape-crisis-centres/

Rape Crisis England & Wales: For details of Rape crisis services in other areas of the UK you can use the interactive map at https://rapecrisis.org.uk/centres.php

Safety

Suzy Lamplugh Trust: The live life safe website has an excellent Help and advice section with information relating to personal safety and bogus callers, dealing with aggression, festival safety, online dating and safety, safety in the home, whilst running and much more. It also includes links to downloadable leaflets. https://www.suzylamplugh.org/

Self-Harm and Self Injury

Beat eating disorders: Website provides information on eating disorders, recovery information and access to other information and training. There is also an excellent article for family members and friends of those who have eating disorders https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/

Self Injury Support: website provides a very useful Resource Hub with information for friends, family, carers to practical tools, ideas, self-help ideas, there is also a wide range of information for anyone working with someone who self-harms. www.selfinjurysupport.org.uk/

Self-Help

Centre for Clinical Interventions: There are a wide range of freely accessible workbooks on this site, these can be worked through with a support worker and include; Assert Yourself, Improving Self-Esteem, Mastering your worries and much more. http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/consumers.cfm

Get Self Help: A website full of worksheets and resources on a wide range of issues https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk/selfhelp.htm

Sexual Abuse

The Courage to be me: An online free version of the book by Dr Nina Burrows; The Courage to be me, a story of courage, self-compassion and hope after sexual abuse. https://ninaburrowes.com/books/the-courage-to-be-me/preface/

Sexual Health

Brook: Provide a wide range of information from contraception, pregnancy and sexual health for Under 25's. There is also an excellent section with resources for professionals. https://www.brook.org.uk/

Sexual & Reproductive Health Tayside: Links to services in Angus, Dundee and Perthshire http://www.sexualhealthtayside.org/sexual-reproductive-health/ Contact number for all areas is (01382) 425 542

Healing Sex: A Mind-Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma Staci Haines (2007) This book is available through a wide range of sellers. It provides comprehensive information on all areas of intimacy and sex for survivors of abuse.

Completely Overcome Vaginismus: This book set by Vaginismus.com gives details of a program for home treatment in a step-by-step format. The books are available from their website or through other sellers such as Amazon.

Stalking

Action Scotland Against Stalking The site aims to help provide a deeper understanding of the crime of stalking. The Victim Support section provides excellent information on, how to recognise stalking, what you should expect from law enforcement and information for young people. It is intended for anyone seeking help and advice as well as professionals who are trying to offer support.

ASAS also produced the Victim Impact Box - these are available from us at RASAC-PK. We can also provide support to any woman or young person around stalking. Contact us

Suicide

The Samaritans: Offer a 24 Hour service for anyone who needs a safe place to talk at anytime about whatever is getting to you.
Call 116 123 Free from any phone.
https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help-you/contact-us

Trafficking

Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA): A service to help identify and support women who may have been trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation. To get in touch please call (0141) 276 7724 (24/7) or email CommsafetyTARA@glasgow.gov.uk (only checked during office hours) website: http://www.communitysafetyglasgow.org/what-we-do/supporting-victims-of-gender-based-violence/%EF%BF%BC%EF%BF%BCtara/

Violence Against Women and Children

Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership: This site contains information about violence against women and how agencies in Dundee are responding to it. Whether you need help yourself or are looking for information to help someone else the site contains helpful information. http://www.dvawp.co.uk/

Perth Violence Against Women Partnership: This website aims to provide information on violence against women, where to get help and support and how you can support others affected. It also promotes local events held to raise awareness. https://pkvawp.org/

Young People

Cool2Talk: This site is a confidential place for young people to freely ask questions about things that are affecting them. Get a response within 24 hours. http://www.cool2talk.org/

Latest news

Reclaim The Night March Thursday 6th December @ 6PM

Reclaim The Night March Thursday 6th December @ 6PMNov 8: Come and join us on the Reclaim the Night March - Thursday 6th December 2018

Thursdays in Black

Thursdays in Black Nov 8: Join us on Thursday 6th December at 12 Noon on Perth High Street where it meets King Edward Street, dressed in black for our silent vigil in protest of all forms of gender based violence.

New CALMS Group for women waiting on support!

New CALMS Group for women waiting on support!Nov 7: We are delighted to be offering the CALMS group to all women currently waiting on one to one support.

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