The first section in the reading list details places to go for help and resources for support. Please note that this reading list is not meant to be a substitute for counselling, and there is help available from the Abertay University Counselling and Mental Health Services and other organisations outside of Abertay.
Please see the Where to go for Help section of the reading list for an extensive list of places that can help - from general to specific. Take a look to see what is right for your needs.
Help and Support
Rape Crisis Scotland
Offers free and confidential support and information by phone or email. It is for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. The helpline can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services if you would like longer-term support.
Helpline number: 08088 01 03 02 (only between 6pm and midnight)
D/deaf and hard of hearing minicom number: 0141 353 3091
Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (WRASAC)
WRASAC offers support to women (including trans women) and young people of all genders, who have been affected by sexual violence, abuse or exploitation at any point in their lives. WRASAC also offers an advocacy service for people of all genders who are in the process of, or are considering reporting sexual violence to the police. Additionally, WRASAC offer a service for women affected by commercial sexual exploitation.
The Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
A 24-hour helpline here to support anyone with experience of domestic abuse or forced marriage, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them. They provide a confidential, sensitive service to anyone who calls.
Helpline number: 0800 027 1234
Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline website: https://sdafmh.org.uk/
Men’s Advice Line
Support for men experiencing domestic abuse and violence.
Men's Advice Line website: http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/
Someone to listen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can talk to the Samaritans about any thoughts or feelings you have, they won't tell you what to do.
Tel: 116 123 (Freephone)
If you have experienced a hate crime, you can contact Victim Support for free and confidential help. They can explain the options available to you and give you emotional support. The Supportline operates 24/7.
Tel: 0808 1689 111 (Freephone)
University Support Resources
The University provides a range of support, advice and training resources that are available to help staff and students recognise, respond to, and report incidents of GBV.
Tell Us – Report and Support
The University’s independent Tell Us Report and Support microsite offers a range of information and guidance for anyone who has witnessed or experienced GBV and its associated behaviours. It also has support information on other issues such as bullying, discrimination and racism.
In addition, the website has a tool that allows users to report specific incidents to the University. The reporting page is open to anyone, whether they are a student, member of staff, or someone else in the local community, and both named and anonymous reports are accepted.
This University service offers support and advice on issues affecting your student life, with signposting and referral to more specialist services. If you're not sure where to go, this is a good place to start.
Support and Welfare pages
Counselling and Mental Health Service
Counselling Service and Mental Health support. The University’s team of professional counsellors and mental health advisors offers confidential support. You can contact the teams at email@example.com.
Abertay Student Association Advice
This is a confidential, impartial service where students can get advice and information on academic and personal issues, including advice on procedures and representation at hearings.