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COVID-19 and support

Here you will find blogs and information on support available during the pandemic, updates about our services, changes to the justice system and more.

COVID-19: Support available for women experiencing abuse

We know that the pandemic paired with current government restrictions can be particularly stressful and challenging for women experiencing abuse.

If you are in this situation, we want to reassure you that you are not alone.

Many organisations, centres and groups are adjusting their services to offer helplines and remote support for those in need.

Domestic abuse during coronavirus: what can I do?

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To mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, the government has introduced restrictions that affect how we usually live our lives. In many cases, we have had to move many of our activities to the home. However, we know that for some women and children home is not a safe or comfortable place, and for some, these measures could increase the risk of experiencing abuse.

In this fast changing situation, we understand you might have questions about what to do if you are experiencing domestic abuse. In this blog, we answer some common questions, including reporting to the police, where to get support, finding alternative accommodation and protections offered by the law.

Child contact and coronavirus: answers to common questions

With the re-introduction of 'stay at home' measures and the highest level of lockdown restrictions across Scotland (Tier 4), it is understandable that you may feel anxious about child contact arrangements and what this might mean for you and your children.

In this page you will find general information about contact between your children and your ex-partner during the pandemic, as well as answers to common questions we’ve heard from women contacting us.

Last updated: 5 December 2021.

Urgent legal appointments available for women living with abuse

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With the re-introduction of 'stay at home' measures across Scotland, we want to make sure women experiencing abuse are able to get the legal support and advice they need. This is why we are offering urgent legal appointments again.

We know that home might not be a safe place and that lockdown restrictions can make it harder to get legal advice. If this is your situation and you need urgent legal advice, please keep reading to find out how to access one of our urgent legal appointments.

Appointments will be available while the ‘stay at home’ measures are in place.

What will happen with my court case during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Like other workplaces, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service have had to make changes to adapt to social distancing guidelines and to keep their staff and the public safe during the pandemic. This means that how the courts and tribunals operate has temporarily changed.

In this blog we describe what to expect if your case was already in court before the pandemic or if you are considering taking your case to Court now.

Changes are happening all the time as the Courts issue new processes and guidance. We will add any updates here.

Last updated: 15 February 2021

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COVID-19 UPDATE: All our helplines are open as usual.

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