Domestic abuse and covid-19

Covid 19- does not cause Domestic Abuse, only abusers are responsible for their actions. The pandemic has, however , escalated abuse and closed down routes for women to escape.

Survivors have reported escalating abuse and having to live in lockdown with an abuser due to Covid-19 will be less able to get breathing space. It will be harder to text or phone to get support from friends and family and specialist support services

At Glasgow Women’s Aid ,there has been a 40% increase in calls/ contact during lockdown and Covid-19 and because of the increased volume of calls and complexity of the abuse additional staff were recruited.


1:4  women experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives.

2 women per week are murdered by a partner or ex  partner

In Scotland between 2017-2018 there were more than 59,941 reported incidents

On average  a woman will be assaulted 35 times before contacting Police

Leaving abuse is a process

Domestic Abuse is a crime in Scotland

In 2020 :

30,000 cases in Scotland were reported to Police Scotland.

The highest number of cases in 4 years

9 /10 women being victims and men perpetrator


OrganisationContact Details
Domestic Abuse 24 hour Helpline0800 027 247
Scottish Women’s Rights Centre0141 331 4185
Shelter Scotland ( Housing Rights )0808 800 4444
Scottish Children’s Centre0800 328 8970
Amina Muslim Women’s Centre0141 585 8026 / 0808 89 0301
ASSIST (for women and children going through court system)0141 276 7710
Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre0141 552 3201
Glasgow Women’s Aid0141 553 2022
Hermat Gryffe Women’s Support0141 353 0859
Sandyford Family Planning0141 550 7557
Glasgow East Women’s Aid0141 781 0230

Pics from our Sociology class.

We have been running a Sociology class this year to introduce our women to debating and behaviours in society. It has been such a success that we are offering something completely new in 2021 – Criminology.

Criminology is the study of crime and deviant behaviour in society. We will be exploring and debating the reasons why people commit crime, theories, the Prison system and examples of different crimes and punishments around the world. We will also be looking at different topics in this unit such as Human Trafficking, Drugs and Violent crime. If you are up for a debate, then this is the course for you!  The course will run from January to spring and classes will be held on zoom. Please email if you would like your name added to the list or more information.

Sew2gether zoom class photos

We have been running an online Sewing class for 4 weeks now and it is going great. The session runs in 6 week blocks. If you are interested in joining us on zoom in the new year please email to be added to our list. There are only 15 places in each block so please register early.

Our team meetings

The Women’s Centre staff hold weekly zoom meetings. We plan our working week together as a team and keep checking in with each other for our mental health. Two of the staff team were in the building which made it much more fun on the screen. 

Covid 19- does not cause Domestic Abuse, only abusers are responsible for their actions.