East Lothian Council

Violence Against Gender Based Violence

Violence Against Women and Girls

Gender based violence is a function of gender inequality and an abuse of male power and privilege... It is men who predominantly carry out such violence and women who are predominantly the victims of such violence. It encompasses but is not limited to:

  • Physical, sexual and emotional violence
  • Domestic abuse, rape, incest and child sexual abuse
  • Sexual harassment and intimidation
  • Commercial sexual exploitation, prostitution, pornography and trafficking
  • Dowry related violence, female genital mutilation, forced and child marriages, honour crimes

Help for Women

Any violence against women (including lesbian and transgender women) is never the fault of the victim and it is never OK, no matter what the circumstances. If you (or someone you know) is experiencing any form of violence, please know that you are not alone and there are people who you can talk to and various ways to help keep you safe.

  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0800 027 1234 (24 hours)
  • Women's Aid East and Midlothian - 0131 561 5800 (Mon-Fri 9am-2pm)
  • Rape Crisis Scotland - 0808 801 0302
  • Edinburgh Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre - 0131 556 9437
  • Fearless Domestic Abuse service for 16+ year olds of all races, religions, beliefs, abilities, gender identities, sexes or sexual orientation - 0131 624 7266 / (www.fearless.scot)
  • Domestic Abuse Liaison Officer (Police Scotland) - 0131 561 6124
  • Emergency Social Care Service - 0800 731 6969
  • Police Scotland - 101
  • In an emergency always call 999

Help for Men

Men, including gay, bisexual and transgender men, can also experience violence including domestic abuse. Relationship violence is never the fault of the victim and it is never ok no matter what the circumstances. If you are a man (or if you know a man) who is experiencing violence there are people who you can talk to and who can help keep you safe:

  • Fearless Domestic Abuse service for 16+ year olds of all races, religions, beliefs, abilities, gender identities, sexes or sexual orientation - 0131 624 7266 /(www.fearless.scot)
  • Men’s Advice Line - 0808 801 0327 (www.mensadviceline.org.uk)
  • Abused Men in Scotland - 0131 447 7449 (www.amis.org.uk)
  • Police Scotland - 101
  • In an emergency always call 999

Partnership Services

Domestic Abuse Service Pathway (DASP) following a police incident. Our Domestic Abuse Service, Women’s Aid East and Midlothian, EDDACs and Police Scotland work together to offer prompt support and safety planning  following a domestic abuse incident  through our referral system. We ensure that most the suitable support agency responds and avoid people being contacted numerous times. 

Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC). These are monthly meetings which focus on ensuring the safety of people experiencing the highest risk domestic abuse, Statutory and voluntary agencies work together sharing information and offering actions that increase safety and reduce risk. The person experiencing the abuse is kept fully updated about the process and their lead worker ensures their views are represented at meetings.

The DASP and MARAC services are only by referral through a partner agency and they are open to women and men, following our agreed criteria. If you have any questions about DASP or MARAC please e-mail: marac@eastlothian.gov.uk

Public Protection

For further information and useful links in relation to Violence Against Women and Girls or wider public protection matters please visit www.emppc.org.uk

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