Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse happens in our communities and right across the country.
Abusers and victims can be male or female, any race or religion and from all different types of background.
Domestic abuse has a big impact on children, even if they're not directly experiencing abuse.
It can go on for a long time and often gets worse over time. It can be life threatening.
Domestic abuse is carried out by partners or ex partners. It can be:
- intimidation, degradation, isolation and control, with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence
- emotional or psychological
- harassment and stalking
- online or digital abuse.
We've signed up to the Chartered Institute of Housing's 'Make a Stand' campaign to help tackle domestic abuse. If you want to know more and how we can help, please speak to your housing officer.
Other agencies also offer help and support.
Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 0800 027 1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the other help and support available below.
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Police Scotland offers advice on staying safe, reporting domestic abuse and the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland.
Scottish Women's Aid
Scottish Women's Aid plays a key role in tackling domestic abuse in Scotland. It supports 36 local women's groups across the country.
Abused Men in Scotland
Abused Men in Scotland is a non-profit organisation for men experiencing domestic abuse.
FearFree supports people experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland who identify as a man or from the LGBT+ community.
Respect offers advice for people who carry out domestic abuse.
Hemat Gryffe supports BME women who are affected by domestic abuse.
Dogs Trust Freedom Project
The Dogs Trust Freedom Project provides fostering services for dogs when people are fleeing domestic abuse and unable to take their dog into refuge.
ASSIST is a specialist domestic abuse advocacy and support service focused on reducing risk to and improving the safety of victims of domestic abuse.
Its aim is to ensure victims of domestic abuse – women, children and men – are safe, informed and supported throughout their involvement with the criminal justice system.