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Responding to Forced Marriage: Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines

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National support agencies and other useful contacts

This is not an exhaustive list. Agencies can signpost to local services.

Government departments

Forced Marriage Unit
Joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office/Home Office service
www.fco.gov.uk/forcedmarriage
Helpline: 020 7008 0151 (Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm)
Email: fmu@fco.gov.uk
For emergencies out of hours, phone 020 7008 1500 and ask for the Global Response Centre

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Represents the UK Government overseas
www.fco.gov.uk

British High Commissions and Embassies
For details of all British High Commissions and Embassies see online at
www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/find-an-embassy

Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner
Responsible for regulating immigration advisers
http://oisc.homeoffice.gov.uk

UK Border Agency
Enforces immigration and customs regulations and considers applications for permission to enter or stay in the UK, and for citizenship and asylum
www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Help for victims

Shakti Women's Aid
Support, advocacy, refuge and information to all black minority ethnic women, children and young people experiencing and/or fleeing domestic abuse
www.shaktiedinburgh.co.uk
Helpline: 0131 475 2399

Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid
Support, advocacy, refuge and information for black minority ethnic women, children and young people experiencing and/or fleeing domestic abuse
www.hematgryffe.org.uk
Helpline: 0141 353 0859

Scottish Women's Aid
National organisation responding to domestic abuse against women, children and young people with a network of local member groups providing direct services and refuge accommodation across Scotland
www.scottishwomensaid.org.uk
Business line: 0131 226 6606

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline
For anyone experiencing domestic abuse (signposting for male victims)
0800 027 1234 (24 hours)

Sojourner Project
Help for women with no recourse to public funds who entered the UK on a spousal or partner visa and are eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain ( ILR) under the Domestic Violence Rule
www.eaves4women.co.uk/Sojourner/Sojourner.php
Duty worker: 0207 840 7147

Amina Muslim Women's Resource Centre
Works with Muslim women and promotes understanding of their needs
www.mwrc.org.uk
Helpline: 0808 801 0301

Saheliya
Supports the mental health and wellbeing of black and minority ethnic women in Edinburgh
www.saheliya.org.uk

Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline
For anyone, male or female who has experienced sexual violence
www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk
08088 01 03 02 (daily 6pm to midnight)

Children-specific

Child Line
Counselling service for children and young people
www.childline.org.uk
Helpline: 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Scottish Child Law Centre
Free legal advice for and about children
www.sclc.org.uk
Helpline for under 18s: 0800 328 8970
Advice line: 0131 667 6333

Men-specific

Men in Mind
Edinburgh-based service for black and minority ethnic men who are experiencing issues that may affect their mental health and wellbeing
www.health-in-mind.org.uk/services/men-in-mind.html

Men's Advice Line
Confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic abuse
www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Helpline: 0808 801 0327

Other support

LGBT Domestic Abuse Project
Scotland's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender domestic abuse project
www.lgbtdomesticabuse.org.uk

Samaritans
Confidential emotional support service
www.samaritans.org
Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours)
If abroad see www.befrienders.org for nearest helpline

Scottish Refugee Council
Helps refugees and people seeking asylum in Scotland
www.scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk

Victim Support Scotland
Provides emotional support, practical help and essential information to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime
www.victimsupportsco.org.uk
Helpline: 0845 603 9213

Voice UK
Supports people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable people who have experienced crime or abuse
www.voiceuk.org.uk
Helpline: 0808 802 8686

Law and rights

Citizen's Advice Scotland
www.cas.org.uk

Ethnic Minorities Law Centre
Provides legal services exclusively to black and ethnic minority communities
www.emlc.org.uk

Family Law Association
Provides a point of reference for the public and for other organisations on family law issues
www.familylawassociation.org

Law Society of Scotland
Professional governing body for Scottish solicitors
www.lawscot.org.uk

Scottish Courts
Single access point for information relating to civil and criminal courts within Scotland
www.scotcourts.gov.uk

Scottish Legal Aid Board
Responsible for managing legal aid in Scotland
www.slab.org.uk

Shelterline
Free, national telephone advice line
http://scotland.shelter.org.uk
Helpline: 0808 800 4444

Telephone interpreting

Language Line
Telephone interpreting for emergency and non-emergency needs
www.languageline.co.uk

For more information see Responding to forced marriage: multi-agency practice guidelines, Scottish Government, 2011 online at:
www.scotland.gov.uk/ForcedMarriagePractice

For more information or a copy of this booklet in an alternative format contact:

Eileen Flanagan
Scottish Government
Gender Equality & Violence Against Women Team
Equality and Communities Division
Directorate for Local Government and Third Sector

Area 2G (South)
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ

Tel: 0131 244 5209
Email: eileen.flanagan@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
Text: Shirley Henderson www.shirleyhenderson.co.uk