Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is persistent and controlling behaviour by a partner or ex-partner which causes emotional, physical, sexual and/or financial harm.

It often gets worse over time. In a majority of cases it is experienced by women and children and is perpetrated by men. Anyone can be affected by domestic abuse, regardless of age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or socioeconomic status. Domestic abuse is a violation of human rights and never the fault of the victim (East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid).

The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 created a statutory offence of domestic abuse against a partner or ex-partner. The offence defines abusive behaviour as that which is violent, threatening or intimidating. Behaviour whose purpose is one of the following:

  • making a partner dependent or subordinate;
  • isolating a partner from friends, relatives or other sources of support;
  • controlling, regulating or monitoring a partner's day-to-day activities;
  • depriving a partner of, or restricting, freedom of action; or
  • frightening, humiliating, degrading or punishing a partner.

Further information and support

East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid
Phone: 0141 776 0864
Information and support via Womans Aid Email 

A local organisation providing information, support and safe refuge accommodation for women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse.

Outreach service in primary and secondary schools for children and young people who have experience of domestic abuse.

Abused Men in Scotland
Phone: 0808 800 0024
Monday-Friday 9am to 4pm
Information and support 

A national organisation dedicated to supporting men who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse.


Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery (CEDAR) Project
Phone: 0141 955 3040

An East Dunbartonshire therapeutic group work programme for children, young people (aged 4-16) and their mothers, with the main aim of helping mothers to understand the effect of domestic abuse on children and to support children in their recovery.

Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis
Phone: 08088 00 00 14
Information and support via Rape Crisis Center email
Workers can call their office line on 0141 552 3201

A support service for women and girls aged 13 and over who have been raped, sexually assaulted or sexually abused at some point in their lifetime.


Scotland’s National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
24-Hour national helpline: 0800 027 1234
Information and support via SDAFMH email

A confidential 24-hour support service for anyone with experience of domestic abuse or forced marriage, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them.


LGBT+ domestic abuse national helpline: 0800 999 5428                    
LGBT+ domestic abuse information and support via Galop email

A confidential LGBT+ service for all members of the LGBT communities, their family, friends, and agencies supporting them. Information and support on hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse. They also support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

Scottish Women’s Rights Centre
Phone: 08088 010 789
Tuesday 6pm to 9pm, Wednesday 1.30pm to 4.30pm and Friday 10am to1pm

The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre help women aged 16 and over affected by violence and abuse by providing free legal information and advice. Weekly surgeries in Glasgow and monthly surgeries in Lanarkshire available.

Police Scotland
Emergency – 999
Non-emergencies - 101

Information about how to report domestic abuse  The Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scheme gives men and women the right to ask about the background of their partner, potential partner or someone who is in a relationship with someone they know, and there is a concern that the individual may be abusive.

24 hour national helpline: 0800 1111
Information and support via email Childline
Information and support via 1-2-1 counsellor chat 

A free and confidential service for anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they are going through including domestic abuse.

The Hideout

Women's Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it is happening.