Domestic abuse is a pattern of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and/or violent behaviour, including sexual violence, by a partner or ex-partner. Domestic abuse is overwhelmingly experienced by women and perpetrated by men. It doesn’t matter how old someone is, what race or ethnicity they are, what class they are, whether or not they are disabled, or whether they have children – anyone can be a victim of abuse.
Often when people think of domestic abuse they think of physical violence, but domestic abuse is very often so much more than that. For many women who live with domestic abuse there will be no scars, bruises or broken bones, but for some it can take their life. No one kind of abuse is more serious than any other. For further information: https://womensaid.scot/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/
There is range of local services to support women wanting to explore their housing options as a result of domestic abuse, this includes access to emergency accommodation and refuge. Please contact any of the number to discuss your housing needs:
Useful information and advice from Shelter Scotland on domestic abuse
There are a range of local services that can provide support, information and advice:
West Dunbartonshire also have Independent domestic abuse advocate specialist (IDAAs), if you report domestic abuse to an agency your worker should discuss with you about carrying out a DASHRic (domestic abuse stalking and harassment risk indicator checklist). This assessment is to support you to identify how agencies can support you to keep you safe. High risk individuals are then referred to a MARAC Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) where upon you will be appointed an IDAA specialist.
MARACs are meetings where information about high-risk domestic abuse victims is shared between local agencies. By bringing a number of agencies together, a risk-focussed, coordinated safety plan can be put in place to support you. Your views will be represented at a MARAC by the independent domestic abuse advocacy specialist (IDAAs) and act as the link between your self and agencies to ensure any actions agencies take will make you safer.