"Sharing, Networking - Promoting Good Practice"
The Outer Hebrides Violence against Women (VAW) Partnership seeks to reduce and prevent incidents of gender-based violence through effective co-operation between the private, public and voluntary sectors in the provision of high quality appropriate services and the protection of adults and children, affected by or at risk of suffering relationship violence and abuse.
Who Are We?
The Outer Hebrides Violence against Women (VAW) Partnership comprises representation from:
- Police Scotland
- NHS Western Isles
- Child Protection
- Equality and Diversity
- Adult Support and Protection
- Sexual Health
- Western Isles Council (CnES)
- Justice Social Work Services
- Education and Children’s Services
- Recovery Worker (Addiction)
- Homeless Services
- Scottish Children's Reporter Administration
- Action for Children
- Western Isles Women’s Aid
- Outer Hebrides Child Protection Committee
- Western Isles Rape Crisis Centre
- Outer Hebrides Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP) Hebridean Housing Partnership
- Scottish Fire & Rescue Service
What is the Issue?
Violence against Women includes all kinds of behaviour that is meant to hurt or frighten you.
Although it can involve physical harm, including sexual violence, not all abuse leaves visible marks: it can also include mental cruelty - offensive words used to belittle you, stalking, veiled and actual threats; all types of dominating coercive control: such as withholding money, blackmail through e.g. the threat of revenge porn, or restricting your access to friends and family.
Although statistically women are the most likely victims, it should be noted that relationship violence can happen to anyone - irrespective of their age, gender, sexual orientation, health condition or economic background.
- Abuse of any type damages a person’s physical and mental health, their self- esteem, confidence and self-worth
- Abuse should always be taken seriously regardless of type or frequency of the abuse
- Remember, it is not your fault!
- Everyone has the right to live without the threat of violence and abuse.
What Do We Do?
The Violence against Women Partnership is responsible for the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Equally Safe Strategy, at local level, adopting a partnership approach to prevention, provision, protection whilst supporting effective participation
You Are Not Alone - Help Is At Hand
Contact details for local and national support agencies are listed below.
|Western Isles Women’s Aid||01878 704 750|
|Western Isles Rape Crisis Centre||01851 709 965|
|Western Isles Council Homeless Services||01851 822821|
|Action for Children||01851 705 080|
|Western Isles Council Children and Families Social Work||01851 822 479|
|Rape Crisis Scotland||0808 801 0302|
|Breathing Space (Low mood anxious or depressed)||0800 83 85 87|
|National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline||0800 999 5428|
|The National Stalking Helpline||0808 802 0300|
|Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline||0800 027 1234|
|Future Pathways (For people abused in care in Scotland||0800 164 2005|
Men’s Advice Line (domestic abuse)
0800 999 5428
|Shelter Scotland||0808 800 4444|