What is gender based violence?
Gender based violence is violence or abuse that is directed against a female because
she is a female. It is mostly carried out by males against females and can include
acts that cause physical, mental or sexual harm or suffering. It also includes threats
of such acts and intimidation.
Gender based violence includes a wide range of abusive behaviours such as: domestic
abuse, rape, sexual harassment and intimidation, commercial sexual exploitation
(including prostitution, pornography and trafficking), childhood sexual abuse, dowry
related violence, female genital mutilation, forced and child marriages and "honour
What about males?
Males can also experience gender based violence but it is important to remember that
most violence or abuse directed against males comes from other males and not females.
Same sex relationships
People in same sex relationships can experience all forms of gender based violence.
We know that abuse within same sex relationships happens just as much as it does
in heterosexual relationships.
If you need to speak to someone:
If it's an emergency, always dial:
Contact Police Scotland when it's not an emergency on:
You can also speak to professional staff at your local GP practice or hospital