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
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.