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Safe at Home in Scotland:
Survivor voices through COVID-19 and beyond
We are SafeLives, the UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for everyone and for good.
We work with organisations in Scotland to transform the response to domestic abuse. We listen to survivors, putting their voices at the heart of our thinking. We look at the whole picture for each individual and family to get the right help at the right time to make families everywhere safe and well. And we challenge perpetrators to change, asking ‘why doesn't he stop?’ rather than ‘why doesn't she leave?’
|About this consultation|
This is a very difficult and challenging time across Scotland with uncertainty around the corner. Many of us have been isolated in our homes. For some of us home is not a safe place. We want to understand what you feel, and what you need, as we move out of lockdown and into the 'new normal'. The information you share here will be used to inform Scottish Government and other stakeholders what victims and survivors of domestic abuse need over the coming months, and therefore what domestic abuse services need to best support them.
Who it is aimed at
This consultation is designed to understand the experiences of adults who are currently experiencing domestic abuse, and who live in Scotland. We would be grateful if you could take 10 minutes to share your experience at a time that is safe to do so. All your answers are anonymous and can't be traced back to you.
|How to complete it|
Use the 'Next' button at the bottom of each page. If you want to go back to a previous page click 'Back'. You can click the 'Exit' button at the bottom of each page if you need to. You don't have to answer any questions that you don't want to. Once you have finished, a 'Submit' button will appear on the bottom of the page. Please ensure you click this button in order to send us your answers.
|If you would like to talk to somebody about your experiences, you can contact:|
|If you are in danger now, contact the Police on 999.|
Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline supports anyone with experience of domestic abuse as well as the family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them. Free, 24 hour, confidential helpline: 0800 027 1234 or visit www.sdafmh.org.uk for more information.
Rape Crisis Scotland's free helpline is open every day, 6pm to midnight - 08088 01 03 02. More information online at www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk/
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline offers emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people experiencing domestic abuse. Call 0800 999 5428. The LGBT Helpline Scotland is also available on 0300 123 2523 every Tuesday and Wednesday between 12-9pm, and Thursday and Sunday between 1-6pm. See their website: www.lgbthealth.org.uk/services-support/helpline/
|You can use our directory of Scottish services to find support near you. SafeLives have created a page containing resources and guidance to help support people through this difficult time which can be accessed here. To find out more about the work done under Safe at Home in Scotland, click here.|
For more information about domestic abuse, see Safer Scotland's website: www.safer.scot/