COVID-19: Domestic Abuse Support for Staff

We understand that for some, self-isolation at home may be an extremely difficult and challenging time. During the Coronavirus pandemic, there has sadly been increased national focus on mental health and domestic abuse.  Tragically, authorities and charities have seen considerable increases in emergency interventions and those seeking help. 


Gender-Based and Sexual Violence

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, help is available.

You should not delay seeking help or reporting domestic abuse because of the current Coronavirus situation. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic abuse and needs help, call Scotland’s Domestic Abuse 24hr helpline on 0800 027 1234 or visit

If you feel someone is in immediate danger call 999. #YouAreNotAlone.


Please know that help is available and SAMS is here to support our staff in every way possible.

If you would like to talk to someone, please get in touch with our SAMS’ Welfare Officers


Advice and Support Contacts 

Advice for people at risk of domestic violence

Freephone 24 hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline (run by Refuge)

0808 2000 247


Domestic abuse: support in Scotland -

Get help if you're experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland, with information on reporting domestic violence and finding support organisations.


Help for Domestic Abuse Citizens Advice Scotland

Domestic Abuse and COVID-19 advice from Safelives


The UHI gender-based and sexual violence webpage has an extensive list of local and national support organisations and contacts.


Advice for people who are abusive to their partners

If you recognise that you are hurting your loved ones and are worried about your behavior, there is support available that can help you to take control of your actions and become safe around your family.


Freephone: 0808 8024040

Respect is an anonymous and confidential helpline for those who are harming their families. They offer help for domestic abuse perpetrators who want to change, giving confidential advice & support to help you stop being violent. A webchat service is available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10am to 11am and 3pm to 4pm.


Mental health charity Mind also has a web page offering help and advice for abusive and violent behavior and links to support organisations.

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