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Support services available for domestic abuse

Published: 15 April 2020

Domestic abuse includes psychological and emotional abuse and coercive control. This affects women and children who are often harmed by a male partner or ex-partner, and there are men who may be in abusive situations too.  It is challenging for everyone to remain at home and be socially isolated, but it is even more difficult and unsafe for people living in an abusive relationship. The current social restrictions designed to help protect all of us are giving abusers additional ways of controlling, isolating and causing harm.

Shetland Rape Crisis, Shetland Womens Aid, Police Scotland and Shetland Islands Council are all continuing to work to help and support anyone affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence.   There may be an increased risk to vulnerable people, including victims of domestic abuse, during this pandemic and the restrictions on movement mean that many will be spending a lot more time at home.

Kate Gabb, Lead Officer - Adult and Child Protection, speaking as a member of the Shetland Domestic Abuse Partnership, said:  “We’re well aware that the current restrictions on movement will be placing a strain on many households.  Where anyone is in an abusive or controlling relationship, this might only make things worse and I’d urge them to contact one of the agencies if they feel that they need some support.”  

Contact details for support agencies can be found online at:  www.safershetland.com/domestic-abuse

If you are concerned about someone’s welfare, please tell someone who can help.

These are the phone numbers:

Duty Social Work (for Children)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744420

Duty Social Work (for Adults)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744468

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101

Children’s Reporter:
0131 244 3780