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.
THE NEED FOR SUPPORT FOR WOMEN EXPERENCING DOMESTIC ABUSE
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
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP:
|Domestic Abuse 24 hour Helpline||0800 027 247|
|Scottish Women’s Rights Centre||0141 331 4185|
|Shelter Scotland ( Housing Rights )||0808 800 4444|
|Scottish Children’s Centre||0800 328 8970|
|Amina Muslim Women’s Centre||0141 585 8026 / 0808 89 0301|
|ASSIST (for women and children going through court system)||0141 276 7710|
|Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre||0141 552 3201|
|Glasgow Women’s Aid||0141 553 2022|
|Hermat Gryffe Women’s Support||0141 353 0859|
|Sandyford Family Planning||0141 550 7557|
|Glasgow East Women’s Aid||0141 781 0230|