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.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP YOU.
In an emergency always call 999
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.