Renfrewshire Council

Domestic abuse, protecting adults and children during coronavirus

In these difficult times, it is especially important that we protect everyone in our community. If you need protection, or you're worried that someone else does, get in touch with us right away.

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Domestic abuse

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

We know that for people living in homes where domestic violence could or does occur, being told to stay at home right now is frightening.

If you are experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse of any form, including coercive and controlling behaviours, you can leave the home to escape or avoid a risk of harm or as part of your safety planning strategy.

It is a reasonable excuse under the Coronavirus Regulations for anyone who is experiencing or is at risk of any form of harm to leave the home to seek help from support services, family or friends, to report it to the Police or take measures to stay safe.
If you are unable to leave the home, services are available to support you digitally or over the phone.

If you are a neighbour and hear any form of domestic abuse taking place, please report it. This may encourage the victim to disclose that they are being abused.

Women and Children 1st can provide a range of support services to women and children who are experiencing abuse. You can call them on 0300 300 0345.

Other useful phone numbers

  • Police Scotland  - 999 for emergencies and 101 for non-emergencies
  • Scotland's 24-hour Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline  - 0800 027 1234
  • Galop LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0800 999 5428
  • Men's Advice Line - 0808 801 0327
  • Renfrewshire Women's Aid - 0141 561 7030 (support available 9am - 4pm)

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Adult protection

We all know that children need to be protected - but sometimes adults need to be protected too, and particularly during these difficult times.

Call 0300 300 1380 if you think someone is being harmed, or is in danger of being harmed. For non-emergencies, refer yourself or someone you know to the Adult Services Team using our online form.

Useful phone numbers:

  • Mental Welfare Commission - 0131 313 8777 or 0800 389 6809
  • Office of the Public Guardian - 01324 678300
  • Care Inspectorate - 0141 843 6840
  • You First Advocacy - 0141 849 1229
  • Renfrewshire Carers Advocacy Project - 0141 887 3643
  • Glasgow and Partners Emergency Social Work Services on - 0300 343 1505

Child protection

It's everyone's job to make sure children in Renfrewshire are safe.

If you are worried about a child who could be at risk of abuse or neglect, call right away. Your call will be treated in strictest confidence.

  • Social Work (weekdays) - 0300 300 1199
  • Social Work (evenings and weekends) - 0300 343 1505
  • Police - 101

You can read more about the signs to look out for and the importance of reporting concerns on this new website: Child Protection Scotland