Domestic Support for Women
Highland Violence Against Women Partnership (HVAWP) wants to ensure that anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse or gender-based violence gets the help they need during the coronavirus pandemic.
New guidance has also been announced for social landlords around domestic abuse and Coronavirus which has been developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing, Scottish Women’s Aid and engagement from COSLA.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Baird of Police Scotland, Highland and Islands Division states "To all those who are living through lockdown in abusive relationships our message is clear. Please do not be put off reporting domestic violence including coercive and controlling behaviour during the current Coronavirus outbreak. Police across Highland and Islands are ready and able to respond to ensure your safety"
While current measures exist Highland Women’s Aid Groups are continuing to provide outreach services and refuge accommodation to women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. They provide specialised safety planning, support planning, advocacy, emotional and practical support tailored to individual needs.
Their teams support clients by phone, text, email and social media, and continue to accept new referrals from women, children, young people and partner agencies.
Ross-Shire, Skye & Lochalsh Women’s Aid
Telephone: 01349 863568
Facebook page (Ross-shire Skye & Lochalsh Women’s Aid)
Inverness Women’s Aid
Telephone: 01463 220719
Facebook page (Inverness Women’s Aid)
Lochaber Women’s Aid
Telephone: 01397 705734
Facebook page (Lochaber Women’s Aid)
Caithness & Sutherland Women’s Aid
Telephone: 0345 408 0151
Facebook page (caswa)
Additional advice and information is also available from Scotland’s 24 hour Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline on 0800 027 1234; www.womensaid.scot/contact/#helpline.
Specialist advice about legal issues and rights is available from the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre on 08088 010 789; www.scottishwomensrightscentre.org.uk
RASASH (Rape and Sexual Abuse Service Highland) continue to offer support to survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse whether recent or historic to anyone aged 13+ and RASASH will continue to take new self-referrals via the support line for when its ongoing support sessions resume.
RASASH advocacy staff will continue to provide information about the criminal justice system and will move to working in a focused way on individual tasks with people in order to accommodate the increase in need they foresee for medical advocacy. RASASH will also be increasing its social media presence to provide information on coping in a crisis and to share messages of connection in a time where many are isolated.
Support Services 9.30 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 4.30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and Wednesday`s 9.30am till 12.30pm
Telephone on: 03330 066 909 and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New text support service: 07451 288 080
You can also contact Police Scotland on 101 for non-emergencies and 999 for emergency situations.