Domestic abuse

Everyone has the right to live free from abuse and violence. If you or someone you know is suffering, the information and contacts below will point you towards getting the help and support you need.

Women's Aid | Social Work | Rape Crisis | Housing and Homelessness | Police 

  Health and Medical Services | Homestart | Adult Protection | Child Protection

Argyll and Bute Violence against Women Partnership

All women, children and young people have within Argyll and Bute have the right to live free from gender based violence.  The Argyll and Bute Violence against Women Partnership is committed to ensuring support is provided.  The information here aims to provide information to those who have suffered, or witnessed, domestic abuse.

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid is a free confidential service which offers information, support and, if needed, a safe place to stay for women, children and young people who have or are experiencing domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women.

Contact Numbers

Argyll & Bute Women’s Aid (all areas): 01369 706636

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Social Work

Social Work can offer you unbiased, sympathetic, practical and emotional support in a safe and confidential setting.  

Contact Numbers    

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm: 01546 605517
Emergency Out of Hours Service: 01631 566491or01631 569712
Council Text for all departments: 07860 023933

Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis

Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis offers specialist support and advocacy services to survivors of all forms of sexual trauma, including, but not limited to, rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse whether the abuse is recent or historic. This free and confidential support is available to survivors regardless of ethnicity or gender identity, so long as they are aged 12 years or over. 

The service is also available to non-offending family members as we are aware of the impact sexual trauma can have on them.


Helpline: 0800 121 4685



Argyll and Bute Homeless Service can help with emergency accommodation, permanent housing, advice on the legal rights of spouses and co-habitees, and referral to support agencies.

Contact numbers:     

Campbeltown: 01586 559054
Dunoon: 01369 708680
Helensburgh: 01436 658806
Lochgilphead: 01546 604763
Oban: 01631 567926
Rothesay: 01700 501332
Emergency Out of Hours: 0800 587 7258
Council Text for all departments: 07860 023933


Strathclyde Police are committed to providing a professional, caring and sensitive approach to incidents of domestic abuse and violence against women.  They offer the services of specially trained Public Protection Officers in the following areas:

Contact Numbers:

Campbeltown: 01586 862200
Clydebank: 0141 532 3300 (covers Helensburgh area)
Dunoon: 01369 763000
Oban: 01631 510500
Rothesay: 01700 894000

Female officers are available if required.


Minor Injuries and Accident & Emergency services are provided 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week in the following hospitals:

Campbeltown Hospital: 01586 552224
Dunoon General Hospital: 01369 704341
Islay Hospital: 01496 301010
Oban General Hospital: 01631 567500
Dunaros Hospital (Mull): 01680 300392
Victoria Hospital (Bute): 01700 502943
Mid Argyll Hospital: 01546 602323
NHS 24:  08454 24 24 24

Home-Start Lorn

Home-Start provides support to families with at least one child under 5 years of age in Oban, Kintyre, Mid Argyll, Jura, Islay, and Cowal and Bute. 

Contact numbers: 

Campbeltown: 01586 551140
Oban: 01631 566749