Domestic Abuse

dreamstime_m_5261516-equalityThe Scottish Government defines violence against women as gendered-based. This means that it results from gender inequality, which is still present in our society.

While women can be violent too, statistically it is men who predominantly carry out violent acts and women who are predominantly the victims of men’s violence.

In 2011/2012 police records showed that domestic abuse incidents in Scotland involved in 81% of cases a female victim and a male perpetrator.

Gender-based abuse can be perpetrated by partners or ex-partners and can include physical abuse (assault and physical attack involving a range of behaviour), sexual abuse (acts which degrade and humiliate women and are perpetrated against their will, including rape) and mental and emotional abuse (such as threats, verbal abuse, racial abuse, withholding money and other types of controlling behaviour such as isolation from family or friends). (Scottish Executive 2003, page 3)