Domestic abuse is common! According to the Scottish Government a domestic abuse incident is recorded every 10 minutes in Scotland, with 58,104 incidents recorded in 2015-2016.
Domestic abuse is unacceptable and you have the right to be safe. You do have options and there are people who can help you.
The Orkney Domestic Abuse Forum (incorporating the Violence Against Women partnership), known as D.A.F., is a partnership organisation working to reduce and prevent incidents of domestic abuse in Orkney.
Through effective communication between public, third and private sectors organisations the forum strives to ensure the provision of high-quality, appropriate services to those experiencing, affected by or at risk of domestic abuse.
These are the contact details. Web sites (where available) can be found under the 'Related Sites' section of this page:
Telephone: 101 (In an emergency dial 999).
Abuse is never acceptable and no-one should feel scared, hurt or intimidated by anyone else. Although more women than men experience domestic abuse, men can be affected too.
If you are a man, or know a man who is experiencing any form of abuse, please contact one of the organisations listed in the 'Related Sites' section of this page. These resources subscribe to the Respect UK guidelines, and are endorsed by Scottish Women’s Aid.
Further information and general support on men's health and well-being is available from 'Breathing Space', a free, confidential phone and web based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety, on 0800838587 or via the link in the 'Related Sites section of this page.
'Samaritans' is a confidential emotional support service available to anyone in the UK and Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. 'Samaritans' can be contacted on 08457909090 or by e-mail.
Telephone: 08088010327 (Monday to Friday 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00).
Telephone: 08088024040 - A confidential helpline for domestic abuse perpetrators.
Telephone: 08088010302 (18:00 - midnight every day) - Provides crisis support for anyone in Scotland affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives.
Telephone: 01414207284 - A service for men of any age who perform sexual acts in exchange for some form of payment. This payment could be money, but equally could take the form of drinks, drugs, consumer goods, or a bed or roof over your head for the night.