Domestic abuse

Support if you are experiencing domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of their age, sex, race, sexual orientation, religion or social background and may be perpetrated by a partner or ex partner. 

It may be a one-off incident or an on-going pattern of incidents taking many forms that can be physical, emotional, sexual or financial. 

If you think you are experiencing domestic abuse you should talk to someone you trust. You have the right to live free from abuse.

Advice and support is available

If you are looking for help or advice on domestic abuse, there are a number of services that can help if you:

  • would like advice, support or to discuss your options
  • are thinking about leaving temporarily or permanently - if you are, it is important that you tell someone, this could be a trusted friend, family member or employer
  • feel you need to get out immediately
  • do not want to leave but need to get the abuser removed from your home
  • have suffered any injuries - even if they seem slight, please seek medical attention; you might feel better if you are able to take someone with you for moral support.

Domestic Abuse Advocacy Support (DAAS)

The DAAS service is here to help anyone in the Borders who is experiencing domestic abuse. For confidential advice and support, you can contact the team on 01835 825024 or via: You can also complete their online form.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The National Domestic Helpline is available 24-hours on 0800 027 1234. 

In an emergency, please call 999.

Other help and support

  • Surviving Economic Abuse is a UK charity who provide a huge range of advice, information and resources for professionals and survivors.
  • Scottish Women’s Right’s Centre provide free and confidential legal advice and advocacy support for anyone in Scotland who has been affected by violence and abuse.
Get help if you are suffering from domestic abuse

Domestic Abuse Advocacy Support Service

9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday 9am to 3:45pm Friday

Telephone: 01835825024