Domestic Abuse... a pattern of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and/or violent behaviour, including sexual violence, by a partner or ex-partner. Domestic abuse is overwhelmingly experienced by women and perpetrated by men. It doesn’t matter how old someone is, what race or ethnicity they are, what class they are, whether or not they are disabled, or whether they have children – anyone can be a victim of abuse.

Often when people think of domestic abuse they think of physical violence, but domestic abuse is very often so much more than that. For many women who live with domestic abuse there will be no scars, bruises or broken bones, but for some it can take their life.
(Source – Scottish Women’s Aid)

  • Psychological & emotional abuse – controlling & coercive behaviour, criticism, isolating their partner from friends & family.
  • Physical abuse – punching, slapping, throttling or kicking.
  • Financial abuse – depriving their partner of money, monitoring spending, controlling bank accounts & bills or not letting their partner work
  • Sexual abuse – sexual activity against their partner’s will (rape, sexual assault, degrading sexual practices).
  • Digital abuse – monitoring mobile phones, using social media to contact or abuse her, using tracker apps

If you recognise any of these forms of abuse and believe that you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, there is help available. Call Inverness Women’s Aid on 01463 220719 or email If you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999.