What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse exists in all sections of our communities. Domestic abuse can exist in all types of relationships. Abusers and victims can be male or female, any race or religion and from all different types of background. There is a common misconception that domestic abuse is just physical abuse. This is not the case. Domestic abuse can be physical, sexual, and emotional or mental abuse.
What Do I Do if This is Happening to Me or Someone I Know?
Everyone's situation and circumstances are different; however the need to keep yourself and your children safe is of the utmost importance. Remember it is not your fault and there are others who can help you. If you have concerns about your safety you should contact the police who will be able to assist.
If you need support or advice on anything relating to Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence, there are lots of people and organisations, locally and nationally, who can help.
Whether you are currently experiencing violence or abuse, have experienced it in the past, or are worried about somebody else, don't keep it to yourself.
There are free and confidential services available that are specially designed to help women, men, children, young people, members of the LGBT community, and concerned friends and family. See Below for contact numbers:
999 (Emergency) or 101 (non Emergency)
Western Isles Women’s Aid
Scottish Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Helpline
0800 027 1234
Duty Social Worker Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Out of Hours Duty Social Worker
Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline
Western Isles Rape Crisis Centre
Western Isles Alcohol and Drug Partnership
Advocacy Western Isles
01851 701755 or 01870 603891
Citizen’s Advice Bureau
01851 705727 (Lewis)
01859 502431 (Harris)
01871 810608 (Barra)
01870 602421 (Uist)