East Lothian Council

Domestic Abuse

Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women, also known as gender based violence can include:

  • 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.

Any violence against women (including LGBT 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
  • 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.

Child Protection

It's everybody's job to make sure that children are protected from abuse.

Adult Support and Protection

Contact us if you are concerned about an adult who you believe to be at risk of harm.

Violence Against Men

It is recognised that men can also experience violence including domestic abuse. If you are a man (or know a man) who is experiencing violence there are people who can help:

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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