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Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse can affect anyone.  Police Scotland works to a nationally agreed definition of domestic abuse adopted by the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service.

'Domestic Abuse is any form of physical, sexual or mental and emotional abuse which might amount to criminal conduct, and which takes place iwthin the context of a relationship'

The relationship will be between partners (married, cohabiting, civil partnership or otherwise) or ex-partners.  The abuse can be committed in the home or elsewhere.

Physical - Sexual - Emotional

Physical Domestic Abuse includes:

All types of assault and physical attacks like hitting (including with objects), punching, kicking and burning.

Sexual Domestic Abuse includes:

Forcing you to have sexual intercourse or forcing you to engage in sexual acts.

Mental / Emotional Domestic Abuse includes:

Threats (including threats of violence); criticism and name calling; controlling what you do, where you go and who you speak to (coercive control); threatening your children, isolating you from friends and family; accusing you of being unfaithful; threatening to 'out' your sexual orientation to family, friends or work or to reveal your HIV/AIDS status.

Never Acceptable

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU.

In an emergency always call 999

Local Services

National Services

Services for men

Services for children and young people

LGBT services

The Survivor's Handbook

If you are leaving an abusive relationship it may help to take these items with you

Over 100 cases of domestic abuse take place in Shetland every year, with 134 recorded in 2015-16. There are around 60,000 cases recorded in Scotland annually - that is one every ten minutes. Domestic Abuse affects people across our community regardless of sex, race, age, religion, sexuality, income or lifestyle.

Domestic abuse is unacceptable and you have a right to be safe. You do have options and there are people who can help you.

These are the phone numbers and weblinks:

POLICE
In an emergency dial 999
Tel: 101 - Non Emergency calls
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SHETLAND WOMEN'S AID
Tel: 01595 692070
Help for women and children experiencing domestic abuse. May be able to offer safe and secure accommodation for you and your children
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SHETLAND RAPE CRISIS
Tel: 01595 745078 / 07570 062362
Free and confidential information,advocacy and support for anyone in Shetland aged 13 and over affected by any form of sexual violence.
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VICTIM SUPPORT SHETLAND
Tel: 01595 744524
Free and confidential emotional and practical assistance for victims of crime and information about the criminal justice system.
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24 HOUR DOMESTIC ABUSE AND FORCED MARRIAGE HELPLINE
Tel: 0800 027 1234
Free confidential support for people who have experienced domestic abuse.
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MEN'S ADVICE LINE
Tel: 0808 801 0327 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence or abuse.
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