The most important thing to remember is that domestic abuse is not your fault.
If you're experiencing domestic abuse, you have choices. You can:
- report domestic abuse to the police
- leave your home or get the person who is harming you to leave
- talk about your options with someone from a support organisation (services are available for female and male victims)
Check a partner's history of abuse
If you're concerned about someone being abusive, you have the right to ask the police about the background of:
- your partner
- potential partner
- someone in a relationship with someone you know (like a friend, relative or neighbour)
If checks show someone does have a record of abusive behaviour, the police will consider sharing the information with the people best placed to protect potential victims.
Find out more about checking if your partner has a history of abuse.
As a victim of crime, you have rights. The Victims' Code for Scotland sets out these rights and who to contact for help and advice.