Local Women’s Aid organisations are urging women experiencing violence or abuse at home to get in touch – support is still available.
Elizabeth Gillespie of Dumbarton District Women’s Aid said:
“Don’t think because we are in lockdown that there is nobody out there who can help, there are ways around that.
“We can get people to refuge, to homeless accommodation or the police will remove an abuser from the family home.
“Last week a woman phoned and her partner was in the background being really abusive. She had a 10 month old baby.
“I contacted the police and within 10 minutes they were at the property and removed the man.”
Women’s Aid is working closely with the local Council, Police and other agencies to ensure women and their children can be moved to safety if required.
Rail companies are also providing free transport for people who need to move from one area to another.
Elizabeth added: “There are services still out there that can support women, children and young people.
“Although we are currently unable to offer face to face support we have telephone support and will discuss what options are available.
“If there is a serious threat to yourself or your children’s life your first emergency contact should be the police.”
Dumbarton District Women’s Aid – 01389 751036
Clydebank Women’s Aid – 0141 952 8118
West Dunbartonshire Council No Room for Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247
Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriages 24/7 Helpline – 0800 027 1234
Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis – 0141 552 3201
Connect Live – 08088 00 00 14