Domestic Abuse & Gender Based Violence
This website aims to:
- Support anyone who is experiencing or at risk of violence / abuse by providing information and contact details for local and national services that can help.
- Change attitudes towards Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence which will encourage changed behaviour.
- Provide a comprehensive information resource for professionals working in the fields of Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence in Shetland.
New resource for Health & Social Care staff to support women at risk of gender based violence
Nationally there are concerns that domestic abuse and sexual violence may be increasing as a result of the measures being put in place to prevent the spread of covid-19. Please see attached a newsletter with some additional information. Shetland Domestic Abuse partnership would like to let everyone know that help and support is still available to anyone who needs it using the resources on this page and elsewhere on this website.
Shetland Rape Crisis
You may be staying at home, but you are not alone.
We are still here for you.
We are currently unable to provide face-to-face support but we are still here for on VC, phone, message, text & email.
For self-help resources see:
For phone support call Rape Crisis Scotland’s free and confidential helpline 6pm - midnight every night:
08088 01 03 02
Shetland Rape Crisis Annual Report 2019-2020 - now available to view online
Shetland Women's Aid
Due to Covid-19 our office base is closed, but staff are continuing to provide support and advice
Please see contact details below:
Telephone: (01595) 692070
Mobiles: 07867 300 565 or 07810 796 556
Phone calls/texts will be answered as soon as possible – generally staff will be available 9-12 every weekday.
Safe2Speak.co.uk: 01744 743 200
Scottish Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage Helpline 24 hour: 0800 027 1234
In an emergency please do not hesitate to call the Police on 999.
This section explains what domestic abuse is and where you can get help.
This section explains what Gender Based Violence is and how we can all work to eradicate it.
This section details the support available for anyone, male or female, affected by Domestic Abuse or GBV, with links to agencies focussed on LGBT issues and help for children and young people.
Bold, Equal & Empowered
Volunteers with BEE (Bold, Equal & Empowered), Shetland Rape Crisis’ young activists’ group, are inviting folk to join them in a socially-distanced walk and social media takeover under the hashtag #WisToo on Saturday 5th December at Clickimin Loch between 10am-1pm, as part of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
This section provides general information aimed at people working in the field of Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence, but may be of wider interest.
Briefing Note - Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
A briefing note for all staff about the current concerns that domestic abuse and sexual violence may increase in the current lockdown. Whilst the measures in place are safeguarding people from the virus the risks for people living in abusive situations may increase. The aim of this briefing is not to cause any anxieties for staff continuing to provide services to children, families and adults but just to ask people to be aware of this issue, know where to seek some help if you are concerned and also to be able to pass on useful sources of advice and support. As always if you assess that a child or adult is or may be at risk of harm please speak to your line manager or make a child or adult protection referral without delay. Duty Social work for children, young people up to 18 and families 01595 744420. Duty social work for adults 01595 744468. Briefing Note
This section gives information on the MARAC procedure and associated documents.
This section highlights useful resources and links for professionals.
This section gives details of upcoming professional training and events.
Over 100 cases of domestic abuse take place in Shetland every year, with 115 recorded in 2017-18. There are around 60,000 cases recorded in Scotland annually - that is one every ten minutes. Domestic Abuse affects people across our community regardless of sex, race, age, religion, sexuality, income or lifestyle.