Violence against women and girls is abhorrent. Domestic violence is a blot on our society.
Domestic abuse isn’t always physical; it’s a pattern of controlling, threatening and coercive behaviour that can be emotional, economic, psychological or sexual. Abuse is a choice a perpetrator makes, and isolation is used by many perpetrators to control.
As we take 16 Days of Action, it’s clear that lockdowns and home working are escalating abuse for some victims. A Scottish Government paper evidenced that,while perpetrator behaviour hasn’t altered significantly, incidents have increased in frequency, intensity, and severity.
If you or someone you know needs support, help is available. Police Scotland is committed to tackling domestic abuse. To report a crime, contact Police Scotland on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency. Advice and more information is available: Safer.Scot
Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline can be contacted 24/7 by anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or those who are concerned about someone else, t: 0800 027 1234, e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support is also available if you’re an abuser or have abused in the past and recognise that in order to change your behaviour you need help, t: 0808 802 4040.
Always phone 999 in an emergency; if you’re unable to speak on the phone, there are systems in place to connect you to the right service.
To stop violence against women and girls, please support Dumfries and Galloway’s White Ribbon Campaign.