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Support and Advice

If you need support or advice on anything relating to Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence, there are lots of people and organisations, locally and nationally, who can help.

Whether you are currently experiencing violence or abuse, have experienced it in teh past, or are worried about sombody else, don't keep it to yourself.

There are free and confidential services available that are specially designed to help women, men, children, yuoung people, members of the LGBT community, and concerned friends and family.

You can find details in our comprehensive Directory of Support.

Children and Young People

If you are a child or young person experiencing abuse of any kind there are many services to help you.

Voice Against Violence is a good place to start. They are a group of young people with direct experience of domestic abuse who are working with the Scottish Government and Local Authorities to tackle domestic abuse and improve the lives of children.

Support services for Children and Young People

Men

Men in heterosexual and single sex relationships can be subject to a pattern of controlling behaviour, including physical, emotional, financial and sexual abuse. It is estimated that over 10% of Scottish men have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16 but many cases go unreported.

As well as general services, several specialist support services tailored for men are available in Scotland.

Support services for Men

LGBT

Galop is an LGBT anti-violence charity that is working to make making life safe, just and fair for LGBT people. Galop gives advice and support to LGBT people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse.  They also support lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

Galop is one of a number of organisations that can offer specialised services for members of the LGBT community.

LGBT support services

DOMESTIC ABUSE - NO EXCUSE

In an emergency always call 999

Emergency Services

Local support services

National support Services

All support services

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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