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Dealing with domestic abuse

On average there is a domestic incident reported in Scotland every nine minutes, a figure which usually increases during the festive period. In Fife alone this year there have been over 4,047 domestic abuse incidents reported, resulting in 286 high risk referrals and 8 fatalities.

#orangetheworldWith men accounting for 5% of these victims, domestic abuse is a human rights violation which continues to disproportionately affect women (and children), prompting the United Nations to designate 25 November as the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ which in turn begins 16 days of activism against gender-based violence with the hashtag #orangetheworld, aiming to raise public awareness and mobilise people everywhere to bring about change.

Fife Housing Group colleagues have recently attended training with the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) which was set up to look at high risk cases of domestic abuse. At the MARAC meeting information is shared with various partners including Housing, Health, Social Work, Police, Women’s Aid, Education, and Addiction Services, to agree a safety plan.

Colleagues have now been trained to identify signs that may indicate our customers could be in an abusive situation so if you need assistance, please be assured that we are here help.

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing abuse there are also a number of expert organisations who can offer support and advice:

Fife Women’s Aid – 0808 802 5555; info@fifewomensaid.org.uk

Providing a service for women and children who experience domestic abuse

Shakti Women’s Aid – 0131 475 2399; info@shaktiedinburgh.co.uk

Help for black minority ethnic (BME) women, children and young people who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse.

Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327; info@mensadviceline.org.uk

Advice, information and emotional support for male victims of domestic violence

Fife Cedar Plus – 01592 583676

Support for children (and their families) who have experienced abuse.

Police Scotland – 999 or 101

Domestic Abuse Liaison Officers are available to provide advice on your safety.

Action on Elder Abuse – 0808 808 8141; scotland@elderabuse.org.uk

Support if you are worried an older person is being harmed or abused

LGBT Youth Scotland – 0131 555 3940; 07786 202 370; info@lgbtyouth.org.uk

Information and emotional support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families