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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on domestic abuse

Guidance on domestic abuse to support the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on domestic abuse
What is domestic abuse

What is domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is controlling, coercive, threatening, abusive, degrading and/or violent behaviour (including sexual violence) perpetrated by a partner or an ex-partner.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to:

  • coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control)
  • physical, verbal and/or emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • financial abuse
  • harassment
  • stalking

The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 creates a specific offence of domestic abuse that covers not just physical abuse but also other forms of abuse, including psychological abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour.

Further information about domestic abuse, how to report it, where to seek support and how to stay safe is available at