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Domestic abuse in Dumfries and Galloway

A number of local organisations and agencies are working together to tackle domestic abuse and violence against women and girls across the region.

Exit Quickly This link opens in a new browser windowDomestic abuse can happen to anyone and is physically and emotionally damaging.

Abuse takes many forms, including:

  • threats and intimidation
  • hitting or other forms of physical abuse
  • forced / unwanted sex (rape) or other forms of sexual abuse
  • insults, criticism and put-downs
  • isolation from your family, friends or other groups
  • controlling behaviour
  • withholding/controlling money

Domestic abuse generally happens to more women than men but victims and abusers come from all walks of life and all backgrounds. It doesn't matter about gender, age, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, religion/belief or education.

Women and girls also frequently experience forms of violence based on their gender that is carried out by mainly male offenders. This can include

  • forced / child marriage
  • incest and childhood sexual abuse
  • female circumcision / female genital mutilation / cutting
  • so-called 'honour' crimes / 'honour' killings
  • sexual harassment
  • stalking
  • prostitution
  • sex trafficking
  • pornography

There are many ways for people living with abuse to get support and protection.

It isn't always easy to spot abuse or realise that someone is suffering abuse. You can look out for common signs of abuse and find out where to go for help.

Help for abusers is also available so they can understand the effects of their actions, stop their violence and change their abusive behaviours.



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