Support groups and refuges

Children 1st

Children 1st are supporting families under stress, protect children from harm and neglect, help them to recover from abuse and promote children's rights and interests.


Children can be affected both directly and indirectly with Domestic abuse.  This may lead to a variety of issues, such as the child's attendance, their behaviour or performance at school.  Please contact the head teacher of the appropriate school. For further information, contact your child's primary schools and secondary schools.

Family Mediation Central Scotland

12 Melville Terrace, Stirling, FK8 2NE

Open Monday - Friday 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone: 01786 472984

In Care Survivors Service Scotland

In Care Survivors Service Scotland provide a trauma informed counselling and support service for adults who suffered childhood abuse in care and their families.   This is a partnership led by Open Secret.

Open secret

Open secret offer support and a safe space to people over 12 years of age who have been affected by abuse.  Support is free to anyone living in the Forth Valley.

Rape Crisis Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland provides a free and confidential service which work towards the elimination of the effects of rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse.  This service is available for women, men and young people throughout Scotland.


Professional staff at your local General Practitioners practice are able to respond appropriately to those who are, or have been, affected by domestic abuse.


Our Housing team have a duty to help you if it is likely that staying in your home will lead to domestic violence being threatened or committed against you or someone living with you.

Tel: 01786 404040


Police Scotland work to a nationally agreed definition of domestic abuse, which has been adopted by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland) and the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service, specifically:

"Any form of physical, sexual or mental and emotional abuse which might amount to criminal conduct and which takes place within the context of a close relationship.  The relationship with be between partners (married, co-habiting or otherwise) or ex-partners.  The abuse can be committed in the home or elsewhere."

If a domestic abuse incident has occurred, please call telephone 101 to report the incident to your local police officer.  All police officers are trained to deal with Domestic Abuse Incidents, however if appropriate they may refer an incident of domestic abuse to Police Scotland's Forth Valley Domestic Abuse Unit:
Tel: 01324 678830.

In an emergency, such as if your life is in danger or a crime is in progress, call 999.

Relationships Scotland

Relationships Scotland offer confidential relationship counselling and sexual therapy for couples and individuals, family mediation and family support.

Relationships Scotland - Couple Counselling Central Scotland

Relationships Scotland's Couple Counselling Central Scotland provide confidential relationship counselling and specialist services for those affected by Prostate cancer and their families, veterans and their families, over 50's,domestic conflict support.

Scottish Women's Aid

Scottish Women's Aid offer advice, support and a safe refuge for women who have been, or are being domestically abused.

Stirling & District Women's Aid

Stirling and District Women's Aid provide support to women and their children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.

Shakti Women's aid

Shakti Women's Aid offer information, counselling, support and safe accommodation for black and ethnic minority women and their children.

Social Services

Social Services can provide general information and advice on what steps to take in cases of domestic abuse, including advising on child care arrangements or welfare benefits.

Tel: 01786 471177

Victim Support Scotland

Victim Support Scotland provide emotional support, practical help and essential information to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime, including domestic abuse.

Victims of crime Scotland

Victims of Crime Scotland offer useful resources providing assistance to seek support and advice, the process of reporting a crime and the criminal justice process.