Scottish Police Tweeted A Powerful Open Letter To A Domestic Violence Survivor

"Anyone can be affected, but by reaching out we can start making a difference together."

We've brought you several stories in recent months about police officers going the extra mile to help those they protect and serve, but the Lochaber and Skye police station in Scotland has taken that to the next level by writing a powerful Twitter thread to a domestic violence survivor in the area.

The moving thread, which you can see below, is intended for "a young woman in Skye." The missive begins with the police station telling the woman, who apparently follows their account, that they continue to believe she's at risk of domestic abuse from her partner. The police department also told the woman they want to help her and are working with other agencies to keep her safe.

"You might not see us, you might not even like us being involved but we are always thinking about how we can help you," a portion of one of the tweets said.


As the thread continued, it became clear that the young woman's friends and family have already spoken to the police about her situation, though there's not much they can do unless she asks for help.

In that vein, the thread made it clear that despite what her abuser might say, the young woman is still in danger but not at fault. "The violence, threats, degrading comments and controlling behaviour are not the life you need to lead, it can be better," one tweet declared.

After telling the young woman she is not "trapped" and has family, friends, and even law enforcement officials on her side who wish to help her escape a dangerous situation, the Lochaber and Skye Police Department encouraged her to call a local women's aid worker and seek assistance. "There is #NoExcuse for #DomesticAbuse," the thread concluded. "Help is out there."

Though the woman's exact circumstances are unknown, Refinery29 points out domestic abuse is an issue that impacts women across the globe. According to the World Health Organization, one in three women worldwide experience some kind of physical or sexual abuse in their lifetime.

And believe it or not, women living in the United States are especially unsafe because of the prevalence of domestic violence in this country. The ease with which guns can be purchased in America also has the ability to make situations more dangerous. Per Everytown, the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that the woman will be killed. The organization dedicated to enacting stricter gun control laws nationwide also reports women in the U.S. are 16 times more likely to be shot and killed than are women in other developed nations.

Since domestic violence is often not discussed publicly, it's no surprise that the Lochaber and Skye Police Department's candid and impactful Twitter thread resonated with thousands online. Though the thread was meant for one woman in particular, the department said it applies to anyone who may be at risk in the area. "Anyone can be affected, but by reaching out we can start making a difference together," the department shared in a subsequent tweet.

In an effort to keep the conversation going, the Lochaber and Skye Police Department later tweeted links to several local and national resources domestic abuse survivors can contact for help. It's not easy to openly discuss domestic violence, but it's refreshing to see a police station participate in the discussion in an impactful way.

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