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Gender Based Violence

What is Gender Based Violence?

The UN defines Gender Based Violence (GBV) as “Violence that is directed against a woman because she is a woman, or violence that affects women disproportionately.  It includes acts that inflict physical, mental or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other deprivations of liberty” (United Nations, 1992)

Gender Based Violence is also known as Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).

Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple physical, sexual and mental consequences for women and girls, including death. It negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. Violence not only has negative consequences for women but also their families, the community and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater health care and legal expenses and losses in productivity, impacting national budgets and overall development (UN Women)

Types of Gender Based Violence

Definitions as used by Scottish health workers:

Domestic abuse

Rape and sexual assault

Childhood sexual abuse

Sexual harassment and stalking

Commercial sexual exploitation

Human trafficking

Harmful traditional practices

Taking a stand - Campaigns

WE CAN ALL DO OUR BIT TO END GENDER BASED VIOLENCE.

 

Zero Tolerance Scotland

Zero Tolerance Scotland

End Violence Against Women

End Violence Against Women

White Ribbon Scotland

White Ribbon Scotland

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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