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What does the government say?

“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)”

What does that mean for me or my children?

It can mean lots of different things, view our Types of Abuse Wheel to find out more. Please be aware that the wheel contains information that you may find difficult and/or emotionally upsetting.

Am I to blame?

You are not to blame! every abuser is making a choice to behave in the way they do. Being drunk, high, stressed or down is not an excuse. There is no excuse. You do not deserve any kind of abuse. All relationships have ups and downs; to be treated in any of these ways is abuse, not a rough patch.

If you are frightened or worried about the way your partner or ex-partner is treating you, you do not have to put up with it. There is help available to help you protect yourself and children from further harm. Please contact us on 0131 663 9827 or by email at info@womensaideml.org for confidential information and support, we offer a variety of services, you can contact a member of staff between 9am and 2pm, Monday - Friday.

Please remember that what is happening to you is not your fault. No one deserves to be abused.

Useful downloads

What is Domestic Abuse leaflet

Baking & Eggshells Booklet