If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic abuse or other forms of violence and control at home, support and services are available.
If it’s safe to do so, speak to a manager if it’s difficult for you to work or if you need support, for example if the abuser is preventing you from working or isn’t sharing childcare, making working more difficult for you.
If you need to talk to someone in confidence, the following national helplines are there to help:
National Domestic Abuse Helpline Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Scottish Women’s Aid Helpline: 0800 027 1234
Men’s Advice Line Helpline: 0808 8010327
Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline: 08088 01 03 02 Text: 07537 410 027 or email: email@example.com
Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline Tel: 0800 027 1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline Tel: 0800 999 5428 or email: email@example.com
Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre Helpline: 0808 801 0301
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline Tel: 0808 808 8141
The Safer Scotland website has further information on helplines, and the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre holds an up-to-date list of all violence against women services available during the COVID-19 outbreak, including FGM; legal rights, immigration, victim support and housing. Their website can be found here.
If you’re worried about someone else’s safety, the Safe and Together team have produced How to be an ally to someone experiencing domestic violence.
SafeLives have also produced practical guidance on how to respond to colleagues who are experiencing domestic abuse. You can find this guidance here.
Guidance produced by the Scottish Government can be found here.
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