The Scottish Government has launched a campaign letting those that are experiencing domestic abuse know that they should not delay in seeking help during the Coronavirus epidemic.

Police Scotland Western Isles Area Commander, Chief Inspector Ian Graham, said: "We are aware that there is an increased risk of domestic abuse as people observe isolation and social distancing guidance. We will continue to respond to all calls of domestic incidents. 

“During this time of uncertainty, as we manage the challenges and dynamic circumstances presented by COVID‐19, our response to domestic abuse remains unchanged.  Our officers will continue to respond to reports with sensitivity and understanding and will endeavour to prevent harm by identifying people who may be at risk.

“If you are experiencing domestic abuse, help is available. You are not alone. Don't delay in seeking help during the current coronavirus situation.

“Do not be frightened to leave your home if you are suffering, or at risk of, abusive physical, verbal, sexual, psychological or financial harm perpetrated toward you by your partner.  Domestic Abuse is a crime, call 101 to report it or 999 in an emergency."

Personal safety advice, including planning suggestions, can be found at: https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/domestic-abuse/ and https://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19. You can also watch the Scottish Government campaign video at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rGwjLG-5eA&feature=youtu.be.

Help is available from the 24-hour domestic abuse helpline on 0800 027 1234 and Western Isles Womens Aid on 01851 704750.