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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is a serious crime and has profound effects on society.

In Fife in 2017/18

  • Women’s Aid in Fife supported 854 women and 446 children
  • Public Protection Unit had 4418 domestic abuse incidents reported to them.

Domestic abuse can be carried out by partners or ex-partners and includes any form of:

  • Physical abuse
  • Punching, choking, not allowing to sleep or pushing.
  • Sexual abuse
  • Acts which degrade and humiliate.  Are carried out against the victim's will, including rape.
  • Mental and emotional abuse
  • Threats, verbal abuse, withholding money.
  • Other types of controlling behaviour such as isolation from family or friends.

It’s difficult to accept that someone you love or care for can treat you badly.  This is rarely a one-off incident.  It tends to happen more and more and often becomes more severe.

Even if you think you’re experiencing mild abuse, it’s important to recognise it.  

There are people who can help you. You can do things to help yourself.

You can speak to someone you can trust or use one of the contacts below, who will:

  • Give you information and support.
  • Help you consider your options and support you in achieving what you choose to do.
  • Help you contact the other services you need

You can get support and information from:

If you suspect someone is suffering from domestic abuse you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit If it's an emergency always call 999.

Fife Violence Against Women Partnership

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