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Any one of us could find ourselves the victim of harm. Whilst The Adult Support and Protection Act is for over 16s in Scotland who meet the specified criteria, other support that everyone can access, is also available.

You could also discuss your concerns with the police, your doctor or other medical professional.

Scottish Government Adult Support and Protection

Legislation to better protect adults at risk of harm became law on October 29, 2008.

The challenge has been, and will continue to be, in striking the balance between enabling individuals to lead independent lives and make choices whilst also protecting those who may not be able to do so for themselves. The Act takes forward aspects of the Scottish Law Commission's 1997 draft Vulnerable Adults Bill that are not covered by the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 or the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland helps people with dementia, their carers and families. Their members include carers, relatives, people with dementia, professionals, groups and organisations.

Age Scotland

Age Scotland is dedicated to enabling everyone to make the most of later life.  They work to ensure that older people's ideas for a better Scotland reach the ears of those who need to hear them, and also protect the long-term interests of future generations.


Momentum works in partnership to enable and empower disabled and excluded people to identify and achieve their goals. They support people to remain active citizens within their own communities, through the provision of mainstream employment and personal support services.

Rape Crisis Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland provides a national rape crisis helpline for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened.

Helpline: 08088 01 03 02

Domestic Abuse Scotland

Domestic abuse is a crime and the police take cases of domestic abuse very seriously. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Or you can call the Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline FREE on 0800 027 1234 in absolute confidence, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for help and information.

Action on Elder Abuse Scotland

Action on Elder Abuse Scotland works to protect older people from harm and abuse. We support those experiencing (or at risk of) harm and abuse, as well as raising awareness and advocating effective prevention. Our Scottish Helpline is available to any older person, or anyone concerned about an older person, and is completely confidential. It is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. FREEPHONE 080 8808 8141.

Further information booklets

If you would like to look at further information booklets about Act against harm, please go to the Scottish Government website where you can view or download and print the version of the booklet most suitable for your needs, including community language translations.

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