Domestic Abuse & Gender Based Violence
This website aims to:
- Support anyone who is experiencing or at risk of violence / abuse by providing information and contact details for local and national services that can help.
- Change attitudes towards Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence which will encourage changed behaviour.
- Provide a comprehensive information resource for professionals working in the fields of Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence in Shetland.
Shetland Rape Crisis becomes The Compass Centre
Shetland Rape Crisis is preparing for a big change during its annual 16 Days of Activism Campaign, beginning on Thursday 25 November and running up until Tuesday 10 December.
To open the campaign and as part of their work towards becoming a more inclusive and accessible service, Shetland Rape Crisis will officially open The Compass Centre, it’s Lerwick-base for working with survivors of sexual violence, launching the new name, website, and related resources.
Lisa Ward, Service Manager at the Compass Centre explained: “We chose The Compass Centre as the name for our centre and the work we do with survivors because the compass is symbolic of journey and direction and the work we do helps survivors to navigate their own way forward after trauma.”
A private ribbon-cutting ceremony will be led by Maggie Sandison, Chief Executive of Shetland Islands Council.
Ward added: “This year for the 16 days we are exploring the theme of women in leadership and so we invited Maggie to join us both as a friend and ally of the service and as an inspiring local woman leader.”
During the opening ceremony the council leader will spend some time with SRC’s youth activism volunteers, BEE (Bold, Equal, Empowered), discussing their aspirations for a future free from sexual violence.
Another of the main events featured for this year’s 16 days campaign is a collaboration between Shetland Rape Crisis, Shetland Arts and Shetland Women’s Aid to present ‘Fragmented;' a one act play performed by Islesburgh Drama Group and written, directed and produced by Stephanie Pagulayan.
Exploring the impact and trauma of childhood sexual abuse in adult life, the play shows how an adult survivor, ‘Evelyn’, copes with her conflicting inner identity and outer persona as she comes to terms with what happened to her as a child. The live performance at the Garrison Theatre is followed by a Q&A with local support organisations.
As well as the annual light up of local buildings in orange, to shine a light on violence against women and as a beacon of hope for survivors, The Pride flag will be flying over Lerwick Town Hall on some days during the campaign and The Compass Centre will be launching a survey to gather the views and experiences of LGBTI+ people as part of their work towards achieving the LGBT Youth Chartermark.
Access and Inclusion Worker Emilie Smith said: “We believe it’s important that LGBTI+ survivors don’t feel silenced about what’s happened to them or what support they need, as well as seeing their identities, experiences and issues reflected in information about sexual violence.”
Other activities taking place during the campaign include public displays celebrating women in leadership and exploring the theme of sex education, which can be seen at Market House and Clickimin Leisure Centre, and an online social media campaign including a takeover event by local youth activists.
Ward added: “This campaign is a massive team effort by our staff and volunteers, and demonstrates the their commitment and dedication to raising awareness to eradicate gender inequality and gender-based violence.”
For more information
Lisa Ward, Service Manager
01595 747 174 / 07470 998 910
New resource for Health & Social Care staff to support women at risk of gender based violence
Nationally there are concerns that domestic abuse and sexual violence may be increasing as a result of the measures being put in place to prevent the spread of covid-19. Please see attached a newsletter with some additional information. Shetland Domestic Abuse partnership would like to let everyone know that help and support is still available to anyone who needs it using the resources on this page and elsewhere on this website.
Shetland Rape Crisis
You may be staying at home, but you are not alone.
We are still here for you.
We are currently unable to provide face-to-face support but we are still here for on VC, phone, message, text & email.
For self-help resources see:
For phone support call Rape Crisis Scotland’s free and confidential helpline 6pm - midnight every night:
08088 01 03 02
Shetland Rape Crisis Annual Report 2019-2020 - now available to view online
Shetland Women's Aid
Due to Covid-19 our office base is closed, but staff are continuing to provide support and advice
Please see contact details below:
Telephone: (01595) 692070
Mobiles: 07867 300 565 or 07810 796 556
Phone calls/texts will be answered as soon as possible – generally staff will be available 9-12 every weekday.
Safe2Speak.co.uk: 01744 743 200
Scottish Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Helpline 24 hour: 0800 027 1234
In an emergency please do not hesitate to call the Police on 999.
This section explains what domestic abuse is and where you can get help.
This section explains what Gender Based Violence is and how we can all work to eradicate it.
This section details the support available for anyone, male or female, affected by Domestic Abuse or GBV, with links to agencies focussed on LGBT issues and help for children and young people.
Bold, Equal & Empowered
Volunteers with BEE (Bold, Equal & Empowered), Shetland Rape Crisis’ young activists’ group, are inviting folk to join them in a socially-distanced walk and social media takeover under the hashtag #WisToo on Saturday 5th December at Clickimin Loch between 10am-1pm, as part of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
This section provides general information aimed at people working in the field of Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence, but may be of wider interest.
Briefing Note - Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
A briefing note for all staff about the current concerns that domestic abuse and sexual violence may increase in the current lockdown. Whilst the measures in place are safeguarding people from the virus the risks for people living in abusive situations may increase. The aim of this briefing is not to cause any anxieties for staff continuing to provide services to children, families and adults but just to ask people to be aware of this issue, know where to seek some help if you are concerned and also to be able to pass on useful sources of advice and support. As always if you assess that a child or adult is or may be at risk of harm please speak to your line manager or make a child or adult protection referral without delay. Duty Social work for children, young people up to 18 and families 01595 744420. Duty social work for adults 01595 744468. Briefing Note
This section gives information on the MARAC procedure and associated documents.
This section highlights useful resources and links for professionals.
This section gives details of upcoming professional training and events.
Over 100 cases of domestic abuse take place in Shetland every year, with 115 recorded in 2017-18. 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.