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Domestic abuse FAQs

How do I know if what I’m experiencing is domestic abuse?
Talking about your concerns with someone outside of the situation can help. Contact us if you can on 0131 315 8110 – the information you give us will be kept strictly confidential.

How common is domestic abuse?
Unfortunately, domestic abuse is fairly common – one in four women in Scotland have experienced it at some point in their lives.

What does it involve?
Domestic abuse can take many forms – from withholding money or restricting your movements, to rape and physical assault.

Is domestic abuse caused by alcohol and drugs?
No. Abusers who use alcohol and drugs may use this as an excuse for their behaviour, but it is not the cause.

This has happened to me before – why?
Women do not deliberately set out to find abusive men. Usually, abuse only starts when a relationship is well established. Women who have already experienced abuse might be more vulnerable to future abusive relationships if they didn’t get the right support at the time.

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 on 0131 315 8110.

I’m scared that my partner will find out that I’m contacting you. What do I do?
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. We will not pass on any information to other parties. In the meantime, if you think you and your children are in immediate danger from your partner, please call 999.