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Policy and Legislation

Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018

The law now recognises psychological harm, as well as physical harm, as an offence.

This means that abusers engaging in patterns of coercive and controlling behaviour (behaviour that has taken place on two or more occasions) can now be punished by law.

Summary of how the offence works

For more information please visit safer.scot

Key Information

Violence Against Women and Girls Home

Strategies, Action Plans and Guidance

Equally Safe: Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls (2016)

Uk Government Strategy

Ending violence against women and girls Strategy 2016-2020

Istanbul Convention

Istanbul Convention – The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

Equally Safe at Work

Equally Safe at Work is an innovative employer accreditation programme developed by Close the Gap which is being piloted in seven local councils across Scotland, including Shetland Islands Council. The programme aims to support employers to improve their employment practice to advance gender equality at work, and prevent violence against women.

Equally Safe at Work supports the implementation of Equally Safe, Scotland's national strategy to eradicate violence against women and girls. The strategy, which is jointly owned by Scottish Government and COSLA, recognises that violence against women is a cause and consequence of wider gender inequality. Addressing gender inequality in the workplace is therefore a fundamental step in preventing violence against women.

About Close the Gap - "Close the Gap is Scotland’s expert policy and advocacy organisation working on women’s labour market participation. We work with policymakers, employers and employees to influence and enable action to address the causes of women’s inequality at work. More information on Close the Gap's work is available on our website."

 

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Resources containing further information about Equally Safe at Work, types of Violence Against Women and the impact these have in the workplace, can be found below. Sources of support are also listed:

Equally Safe Accreditation Programme

Domestic Abuse

Sexual Harrassment

Rape and Sexual Assault

Stalking

'Honour-Based' Violence

Sources of Support

 

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Useful links 

Toolkits

Safe Lives knowledge hub

Speaking Out Learning Resource

Resources for children and Young People

 

Publications

Femicide Census report

Virtual World Real Fear

Disabled women and domestic violence

 

Research

Scottish Gender Based Violence Research Network

European Institute for Gender Equality

 

Training

Scottish Women's Aid Training and Events

Safe Lives

Mentors in Violence Prevention Programme – Training students to speak out against rape, dating violence, sexual harrassment, bullying and all forms of violent and abusive behaviour

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Women’s Aid

Rape Crisis Scotland

Safe Lives

National Domestic Abuse Adviceline - help for professionals

Scottish Women's Rights Centre

Engender

SAY Women

ASSIST

 

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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.

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

office@shetlandwa.org

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SHETLAND RAPE CRISIS
Tel: 01595 747174 / 07570 062362
Free and confidential information,advocacy and support for anyone in Shetland aged 13 and over affected by any form of sexual violence.

contact@shetlandrapecrisis.scot

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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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