Helpful Resources and Information
We hope to add to this over the coming weeks. Last updated 6th June 2019
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.
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
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
To find your nearest Women's Aid service you can visit the Scottish Women's Aid website. http://womensaid.scot/find-nearest-swa-group/
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
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
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/
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:firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com
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/
Pink Saltire - The work of this charity is split into 3 strands to; Learn – where they use new media techniques to understand their community, views and opinions; Share – where they create an open digital platform of user-generated content in a range of formats which engage people on the key issues – easy to access, easy to use and open 24hrs a day – fun, insightful and locally sourced; Celebrate – where they shout loudly about the positive contributions of key individuals or groups to help inspire other LGBT+ people around the country. https://pinksaltire.com/about/
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/
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/
My Body My Way - This link gives you direct access to the free resource My Body My Way. Developed by Penumbra and directed towards 9 to 11 year olds. Although this resource was designed for use in schools it can also be useful for parents. https://irocwellbeing.com/news/My-Body-My-Way
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
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/
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/
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
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/
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.
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
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.
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/
RASAC is committed to providing a wide range of groups and activities for survivors to attend and get involved in. From our successful and regular creative group to opportunities for Mindfulness or having a voice in how the service develops. If you are currently receiving support please to speak to your support worker otherwise contact the centre.
If you are looking to refer any young person (12+) or adult woman to RASAC for Support please ensure you fill in all relevant sections of our referral form and entire that the individual you are referring signs the form. We aim to offer an initial appointment to the individual within two to three weeks. Alternatively we have a women's drop in every Tuesday between 12pm and 2pm at our premises at 16 King Street, Perth
Our monthly agency visits give your staff, volunteers or students an opportunity to find out more about the different services RASAC - PK offers. It gives you an opportunity to see our premises and meet with staff.