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.  In an emergency call 999 or call the 24 hour National Domestic Helpline on 0800 027 1234.  You have the right to live free from abuse.

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

  • if you are looking for advice, support or to discuss your options.
  • if you are thinking about leaving temporarily or permanently - it is important that you tell someone.  This could be a trusted friend, family member or employer.  The National Domestic Abuse helpline is free and confidential and available 24 hours a day.
  • if you feel you need to get out immediately.
  • if you do not want to leave but need to get the abuser removed from your home.
  • if you have suffered any injuries, even if they seem slight, seek medical attention.  You might feel better if you are able to take someone with you for moral support. 

Violence Against Women Partnership Award

The Scottish Borders Violence against Women (VAW) Partnership Award 2018 has been developed in order to recognise the commitment and excellent work of individuals in our communities who have made a significant contribution to addressing violence against women/girls in the Scottish Borders.

The VAW Partnership collectively agreed that there should be some way to recognise these efforts, and that “partnership” also includes communities. This is the second award, with the previous winner representing Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre, working as a volunteer.

The closing date for nominations is 30 September 2018.