Remember – if you or family members are in immediate danger, call 999
Your home should be a place of safety and security, but for many people experiencing domestic abuse it can be a place of stress and even fear instead.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer.
It’s important to remember that domestic abuse is not your fault.
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
- Psychological and/or emotional abuse
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Financial or economic abuse
- Harassment and stalking
- Online or digital abuse
If you’re experiencing domestic abuse, you have choices
- report domestic abuse to the police
- leave your home or get the person who is harming you to leave
- talk about your options with someone from a support organisation (services are available for female and male victims)
Remember, no-one has the right to harm you physically, emotionally or financially
As a victim of crime, you have rights. The Victims’ Code for Scotland sets out these rights and who to contact for help and advice.