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Police Promote Support for Domestic Abuse Victims

Local community watch groups in highland Perthshire are reaching out to locals to promote help line numbers for those living with domestic abuse.

Any form of physical, verbal, sexual, psychological or financial abuse which might amount to criminal conduct and which takes place within the context of a relationship. The relationship will be between partners (married, cohabiting, civil partnership or otherwise) or ex-partners. The abuse may be committed in the home or elsewhere including online

Shirley Duff of Police Scotland said:

“Domestic abuse is not just physical, it can also take the form of psychological and emotional harm, controlling behaviour, coercive behaviour and financial abuse.

If you have concerns about your partner or the partner of someone you know, please report it.

Reporting concerns is confidential and the person at risk will never be told who reported it.

You can contact the police about your concerns by:

Calling 101 (or 999 in an emergency) and speaking to us directly

Using our Contact Us online form for reporting incidents (not to be used in an emergency)

Using the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland (DSDAS)

If you’re not comfortable speaking to police you can speak to any of our partner organisations who can provide practical and/or emotional support including advice about reporting it to police. Details can be found on the Police Scotland Website.

The Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland (DSDAS) gives people the right to ask about the background of their partner.

It also gives concerned relatives and friends, the right to ask about someone else’s partner. They can ask us to check if they have been abusive in the past”.

Reporting abuse could save a life.

For more information about DSDAS see their dedicated Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland (DSDAS) please visit  


contact Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline on 0800 027 1234.  Support is available 24/7. 

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