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Violence Against Women

Services for women experiencing violence or abuse.

Violence Against Women

The term "Violence against Women" refers to acts of violence and abusive behaviours that are perpetrated mostly by men and affect women, for example: domestic abuse, rape, sexual assault and honour crimes. Violence against women is a major cause of family distress and social exclusion and accounts for a quarter of all reported violent crime. It is known from research that violence against women is hugely under-reported and has a significant impact on the health and well-being of women, children and young people who experience it.

If you or someone close to you is worried about or affected by gender based violence there are a number of ways you can get help.

Support is available 24 hours, 7 days a week on: Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline | 0800 027 1234 |

Women's Aid South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire (WASLER)

Women's Aid South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire (WASLER) is a domestic abuse service assisting the communities across East Renfrewshire. We aim to support and empower women, children and young people who are experiencing, or have experienced domestic abuse. We provide a range of need led services including Refuge accommodation, support and information, which ensures improved outcomes. Our services are based on listening to women, children, young people and our partner agencies.

Contact Us
Women's Aid South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire (WASLER)
54 Main Street
G78 1RE
Tel:0141 404 0015
9am - 5pm Monday to Friday

Please visit the Women's Aid South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire at:

The services we offer include:

Helpline/Drop-In Service

We know that making the first contact with Women's Aid can be daunting and that leaving an abusive partner is very difficult. However, we aim to provide supportive listening ear to all women. You can call us or come to speak to us in person; we can discuss your situation and the options available to you.

A Safe Place to Stay

A Refuge is a safe accommodation where women with or without children can live free from abuse and have time and space to recover.

Outreach Services

We can support you if you wish to remain in your home or in other temporary accommodation. We can meet you in a safe place, especially if you live in a rural area.

Services for Children and Young People

Children and young people are offered support by specialist Children & Young People's Worker with their experiences of living with and witnessing domestic abuse.

The children and young people's service supports children and young people who are not in Refuge and may be living with domestic abuse. Workers can meet children and young people at school or any other safe place.

East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership

If you want to speak to a social worker for advice and to discuss what supports can be provided locally you can contact

Single Point of Access number to all health and care services. 0141 451 0866

Social Work Request for Assistance Team (Children and Families) 0141 577 8300

Your health visitor can also offer advice, support and put you in touch with appropriate agencies:

How to report Domestic Abuse

If you have been the victim or witness to domestic abuse, or have concerns regarding a victim of domestic abuse please contact the police.  In an emergency always call 999.

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