Domestic abuse

Everyone has a right to be safe in their homes and in their community. We can all have a role in supporting people affected by domestic abuse to feel safer, if we are a friend, a neighbour, a colleague or a professional.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse, or "domestic violence", can be defined as a pattern of behaviour in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. It can occur within a range of relationships including couples who are married, living together or dating. Domestic abuse can affect anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Research indicates that Police Scotland get contacted every 9 minutes to report an incident of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse is rarely a one off incident and it can take many different forms, which often get worse over time. Domestic abuse happens between current or former partners, and abuse can continue even when the relationship has ended. It is important that anyone at risk of harm, or their friend or family member, reaches out for help and support.

Domestic abuse can take many forms including physical, sexual, emotional or financial harm.

Victims of domestic abuse are not to blame for the abuse that is happening in their life and there is support and help available.

Where to get help for domestic abuse in Glasgow:

Domestic abuse support in Glasgow

Glasgow Women's Aid 0141 553 2022
Glasgow East Women's Aid 0141 781 0230
Clydebank Women's Aid 0141 952 8118
Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid 0141 353 0859
Daisy Project 0141 634 4053
ASSIST 0141 276 7710
Saheliya 0141 552 6540
Amina 0141 212 8420


Scottish Women's Aid 0800 027 1234
National Stalking Helpline 0808 802 0300
Rape Crisis Scotland 0808 801 0302
In Care Survivors 0800 121 6027
Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87
Men's Advice Line 0808 801 0327
Trauma Counselling Line 0808 802 0406
FGM Helpline 0800 028 3550
Amina 0808 801 0301
Refuge 0808 2000 247

Mobile apps

There are a number of mobile apps available:

Legal responses to domestic abuse

For information on legal guides and factsheets visit Scottish Women's Rights Centre.