PEOPLE across Scotland are being urged over the festive period to reach out to Scotland’s 24/7 domestic abuse helpline and seek support if they need it.

The service remains open over the festive period including Christmas, Hogmanay and New Year’s Day and anyone in need of support is being encouraged to reach out. Police Scotland can also be contacted at any time of the year to deal with domestic abuse and violence.

SNP MSP Audrey Nicoll is encouraging men and women in abusive households to reach out for help – with Scottish Women Aid’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage helpline remaining open 24/7 throughout the winter period.

People can call the service on 0800 027 1234, email via or chat online at

The helpline confidentially supports anyone experiencing domestic abuse, as well as concerned family members or friends. Nicoll said: “It is appalling that people, predominantly women, are still subject to domestic abuse and violence in their own home.

“But support is available and I would encourage anyone who needs it to access services that can help.

“The SNP Scottish Government has taken significant action to tackle and eliminate violence against women and girls – from criminalising coercive control to banning suspected abusers from re-entering the home – and we are determined to go further.”

She added: “Unfortunately, a person’s home isn’t always a place of safety so help is available.

“To anyone who is in an abusive relationship, or knows of someone who is, please reach out to Scotland’s 24/7 domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234. Help is there for you throughout the Christmas period.”