I Need Help
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 the 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.
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.
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.
DOMESTIC ABUSE - NO EXCUSE
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.