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 Office: 0870 241 3548
Dunoon: 01369 706636
Helensburgh and Lomond: 01436 677434
Isle of Bute: 01700 503354
Kintyre: 01586 55 0222
Oban: 01631 567089

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

The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre offers free and confidential face to face, group, telephone and email support to survivors (13+) who have been raped, sexually assaulted and/or sexually abused, whether recent or historic.

Rape Crisis Office: 01369 700800         Website :
Helpline Women: 0800 1214 685      Email: or
Helpline Men:       0800 0320 399       


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