Domestic Abuse definition

Domestic Abuse, as gender-based abuse, can be perpetrated by partners or ex-partners and can include physical abuse (assault and physical attack involving a range of behaviour), sexual abuse (acts which degrade and humiliate women and are perpetrated against their will, including rape) and mental and emotional abuse (such as threats, verbal abuse, racial abuse, withholding money and other types of controlling behaviour such as isolation from family or friends).

Where Domestic Abuse impacts on children and young people this can be viewed as a child protection issue as the impact of such incidents are immediate and can have a longer term effect on a child’s wellbeing.

It should be noted that the Scottish Government are intending a new Bill in respect of Domestic Abuse for Scotland over the forthcoming months.

Find out more from the following links:

National Strategy for the Prevention of Domestic Abuse

Key Services for Domestic Abuse in West Dunbartonshire