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ASSIST (Advocacy, Safety, Support, Information, Services, Together)

Last updated: 27th June 2024

Type of service:

Voluntary

Need supported:

  • Domestic Abuse

Aim/Purpose:

ASSIST support victims or survivors of domestic abuse with a case going through criminal court. ASSIST is a free, phone based, independent domestic abuse advocacy service. We support people of all genders whose partner, or ex-partner, has a domestic abuse case going through the criminal court. Advocacy – Helping you to express your views, which can include speaking to other agencies on your behalf e.g. Procurator Fiscal Service, police, housing, social work. Support – Supporting you through the criminal court process by letting you know what to expect and updating you after court hearings. Safety – Discussing your risk and exploring options that could make you safer Information – Exploring your options to allow you to make decisions that are best for you Services Together – Working together with other agencies to increase the safety of people experiencing domestic abuse ASSIST can support to people living in the following areas: • Argyll and Bute • Ayrshire (East, North and South) • Dumfries and Galloway • Glasgow • Dunbartonshire (East and West) • Inverclyde • Lanarkshire (North and South) • Renfrewshire • East Renfrewshire

Suitability criteria:

  • All genders
  • All ages

Assessment/referral process:

  • Any agency, Self-referral

ASSIST accepts referrals for people whose partner, or ex-partner, has been charged with a domestic abuse offence by the Police and a case is progressing through court. We get most of our referrals from the Police however, we also accept referrals from other agencies and directly from people who need our support. Our service is for everyone, regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality, religious beliefs, disability or immigration status. You can choose to speak with a female or a male Advocacy Worker. – Referrals from Police or any agency – Self- referral directly from people who need our support. – Children and young people (of any age), who have witnessed domestic abuse and may need to give evidence at court. We can only accept referrals if the parent or primary care giver is getting support from ASSIST. – Young people aged 20 and under who have reported domestic abuse within their own relationship to police.

Contact information:

Further Information:

Please note that emails sent to this address will be seen by all ASSIST staff. While the content of any email would remain strictly confidential, you might prefer to phone us. If leaving a voicemail, please leave your name and a safe phone number we can reach you on.