Project information

Freephone helpline funding

To strengthen and develop a Scotland-wide information, support, and signposting freephone helpline service for men over the age of 16 who are or have been experiencing domestic abuse, regardless of ethnicity, dis/ability, sexuality or any other attribute.

Intent is to run a continuous service from 7-10pm every night.

Charity information: Abused Men In Scotland

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  • Need


    A significant number of men suffer domestic abuse but there is a lack of services in Scotland equipped to support men in this situation and many feel isolated and vulnerable. Men need to be able to speak to people who understand the specific barriers they may face when they need to extricate themselves and any children from abusive situations. Many need information and signposting to what support may be available to them.


    Funding will help ensure the service remains in operation at its current level (7-10pm every night) as well as potentially help to broaden the service. The AMIS helpline helps reassure men they are not alone, and that what they are experiencing is not acceptable. It provides useful information for safety planning, and raises men's confidence to seek appropriate help from, for example, police, housing, social work, etc.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide a freephone helpline offering useful and up-to-date information to its service users.


    » Develop and distribute promotional materials informing the public of the service.
    » Provide volunteer training to ensure the highest quality of service, guidance, and information is passed onto the service users.
    » Collect, analyse, and distribute statistical data to better communicate the issue of men dealing with domestic abuse.
    » Network and cooperate with like minded charities in order to expand upon the options available to men dealing with domestic abuse.

    What success will look like

    Success will be: raising the profile of the service, expanding the service provision and quality of the helpline, and ensuring support becomes equally accessible to all who need it

  • Impact


    The project is seeking to ensure that the needs of all those affected by domestic abuse are met by raising awareness that men too are affected and that they, and associated children, deserve recognition and support. The success of this project will be measured and demonstrated through the collection and distribution of statistical data as well as service user feedback.


    There is a risk that funding may fall short, resulting in the helpline service being temporarily shut down. Various other funding initiatives are being pursued to ensure sufficient funds are available to run the helpline.


    Funders will be able to visit our website to obtain any published statistical data as well as service reports and user testimonies.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,500 Freephone helpline Annual cost of providing freephone line for 3 hours a day, 365 days a year.
      £2,500 Publicity materials Leaflets, posters, and postage
      £2,500 Volunteer training Ongoing training to ensure high quality service is provided
  • Background


    Helpline is a service solely provided within Scotland, which is diverted to volunteer landlines from 7-10pm each night. Volunteers are located in several parts of Scotland, which helps AMIS gather and provide local information.


    Direct beneficiaries are men and their children who have been affected by domestic abuse. The benefits of achieving good outcomes for children who find themselves embroiled in abusive situations is incalculable. This applies to the children of abused men as well as the children of abused women. Ultimately society as a whole benefits from any work that reduces conflict in the home.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    AMIS is best placed to carry out this project as it is currently the only charity in Scotland offering this type of service to men. Between the members of the organisation there is a wealth of experience in this area, knowledge and understanding of the underlying research, theories and debates, as well as current policy and practice.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Brian Dempsey/Trustee/Chair

    Many years’ experience of being on Committees/Boards of voluntary sector organisations; academic lawyer with experience of effective policy analysis

    Alison Waugh/Trustee/Secretary

    Co-founder of AMIS; strong understanding of needs of AMIS service users as helpline call taker; 30 years teaching experience.

    Brian Robertson/Trustee/Treasurer

    Qualified accountant (CMA, ACMA, CGMA) with over 4 years experience in a CA firm conducting audit and review engagements (including several charities)