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What are my options

Please don’t suffer in silence. You can:

Reporting the abuser to the police

To report your partner or ex-partner for a domestic abuse incident in an emergency, call 999. The police should make your case a priority. Otherwise, phone your local police on 101 to report non emergencies.

When the police attend they will:

• Check to see if you’re injured or need treatment.

• Try to gather evidence. In Scotland it must be from two sources – usually your statement plus witness information from anyone who saw or heard the incident, such as a neighbour. If you do have any injuries, they may take photos.

• Separately interview you and your partner (if they’re at the scene). If an older child was there at the time, the police might want to speak to them.

• Look for any other evidence of damage, such as broken door locks, punched walls or doors.

• Take a note of any children who are present or will be present in the future. If there are children, the police will refer the incident to Social Care Direct so that you they can work with you to protect your children.

 

What happens to the abuser?

If the police have enough evidence that your partner has committed a crime, they may arrest him and keep him in custody until he appears in court – usually the next working day.  Alternatively they may charge him with the crime and give him an undertaking to attend at court on a specific date within the next few weeks.  The police will also put police bail in place where the accused will not be allowed to contact or approach you.

 

Help and support

To get help, contact EDDACS on 0131 315 8122 who will give you all the information you need about the court process and support and guide you through it.

 

Taking legal action:

Contact a Family lawyer who will be able to provide you with information with regard to the legal options that are available to you.  This can be with regard to protection orders, divorce and child contact.  An Edinburgh Women’s Aid worker can support you to do this.

@EdinWomensAid

- 8 days ago

@CHAIedinburgh: Useful legal information for women suffering any kind of abuse. @SWRC_ @shaktiedinburgh @EdinWomensAid https://t.co/4D6ZIR7npL
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@EdinWomensAid

- 14 days ago

@randmhousekpr: Extended deadline for responses to this consultation on funding for violence against women and girls services - now closing on 15th August. Please share. https://t.co/SPbCeo65ry
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@EdinWomensAid

- 14 days ago

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- 17 days ago

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@EdinWomensAid

- 25 days ago

@StirUni: When we spoke with women’s rights campaigner and #UofStirling honorary graduate, Lydia Okroj, we found out what keeps her going, her thoughts on the incredible gains being made in the area of #DomesticAbuse and what still needs to be done. #StirGrad @scotwomensaid https://t.co/H6lXecfsCH
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