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Domestic abuse in Dumfries and Galloway

Several local organisations and agencies are working together to tackle domestic abuse and violence against women and girls across the region.

Woman standing alone

Domestic abuse is the most prevalent form of violence against women and girls in Scotland and in Dumfries and Galloway.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and is physically and emotionally damaging.  

Domestic abuse takes many forms, including: threats and intimidation; hitting or other forms of physical abuse; forced / unwanted sex (rape) or other forms of sexual abuse; insults; criticism and put-downs; isolation from your family, friends or other groups; controlling behaviour; withholding/controlling money.

Domestic abuse generally happens to more women than men but victims and abusers come from all walks of life and all backgrounds. It doesn't matter about gender, age, social class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion/belief, lack of belief or education.

In general, domestic abuse affects more women than men.

There are many ways for people living with abuse to get support and protection.

It isn't always easy to spot abuse or realise that someone is suffering abuse. You can look out for common signs of abuse and find out where to go for help.

Help for abusers is also available so they can understand the effects of their actions, stop their violence and change their abusive behaviours.

You can report domestic abuse by completing the online form on the Police Scotland website or by contacting CrimeStoppers anonymously. Right to Ask Scheme: If you have concerns about your own partner's past, or concerns about another person's partner, you can apply to the Scheme to ask if that person has a history of domestic abuse or other relevant behaviour.

 

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Sex Trafficking is linked with the Prostitution and Pornography industries and is the main form of Human Trafficking affecting women and girls.

Human Trafficking in any of its forms is a violation of Human Rights.

Find out more:

Spot the signs! (it takes you to the Modern Slavery Helpline Website)

Video: Human Trafficking is happening in Scotland

Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy (Scottish Government)

Human Trafficking and Exploitation Guidance for Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)

Human Trafficking and Exploitation Guidance for Health Workers (NHS)

Human Trafficking Newsletter

Human Trafficking Leaflets and Posters:

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