New campaign highlights that help is still available.
A national campaign is being relaunched to reassure anyone experiencing domestic abuse that support is available to them during these difficult times.
Social isolation measures put in place to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) may be adding pressure to those in abusive domestic situations.
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said:
“These are unsettling times for everyone but I want to be absolutely clear that anyone experiencing domestic abuse in the home is not alone. While they may feel isolated and vulnerable, help is still available round the clock.
“We have heard that victims may feel like they don’t want to bother the police or support services because of the crisis. The message of this campaign is absolutely clear: services are open and they are there to help you.
“Tackling domestic abuse is as much a priority now as ever. This outbreak should not prevent anyone experiencing violence, including coercive and controlling behaviours, from seeking such help or reporting a crime against them. Services are aware that there is a need to be sensitive to the fact that the person causing harm may be in the home and there is a number of ways in which support can be provided to victims in this situation. I hope the campaign being relaunched this week makes clear what help is available and where to find it.”
Sandra White MSP said:
“I welcome this initiative from the Scottish Government which makes clear to all that support services remain open and ready to help anyone facing unacceptable domestic abuse.
“With the Covid-19 crisis, victims may worry that they are unable to access support. The message from the Scottish Government is clear: you are not alone, support is available.
“Scotland’s 24 hour Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline is available on 0800 027 1234 or visit sdafmh.org.uk to email or webchat. Visit Safer.Scot for further information.”