How do I know if I’m experiencing domestic abuse?
Contact us if you can. Talking to someone outside of your situation can be helpful and we can listen to your concerns – the information you give us will be kept strictly confidential.
How common is domestic abuse?
Unfortunately, domestic abuse is fairly common – a quarter of all women in Scotland have experienced it at some point in their lives.
What does abuse involve?
Domestic abuse can take many forms – examples are withholding money, restricting your movements, rape and physical assault.
Do alcohol and drugs cause domestic abuse?
No, this is not the cause, however, abusers who use alcohol and drugs may use this as an excuse for their behaviour.
This has happened to me before – why?
Usually, abuse only starts when a relationship is well established. Women do not deliberately set out to find abusive men. If you didn’t get the right support at the time, you might be more vulnerable to future abusive relationships.
I don’t feel in danger from my partner – can I still contact you?
Of course you can. Call into the office or phone us 01343 548549.
I’m scared that my partner will find out that I’m contacting you?
If you think someone is monitoring your calls, try to find a public phone box or use a friend’s phone to contact us. You can talk to someone on the phone, arrange to come into the office or arrange to meet one of our outreach workers. Our service is totally confidential. We will not pass on any information to other parties. If you feel you and your children are in immediate danger, please call 999.