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COVID-19 and support

Here you will find details of support available and frequently asked questions on changes to the justice system in Scotland during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, as well as any other helpful information.

Domestic abuse during COVID-19/coronavirus: what can I do?

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The current government guidance has asked us to stay at home in order to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus. However, we know that for some women and children home is not a safe or comfortable place, and for some, the new 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 about this including reporting to the police, where to get support, finding alternative accommodation and protections offered by the law.

Urgent legal appointments now available

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We are working on ways to make our legal services more accessible under the current circumstances.

This is why we are now offering urgent legal appointments for the duration of the ‘stay at home’ measures against COVID-19/coronavirus.

Making an appointment

Our Urgent Legal Appointments will happen by video call or telephone and will be available for women with an urgent issue who could benefit from tailored legal advice.

COVID-19: Support available for women experiencing abuse

We know that the coronavirus outbreak paired with current social distancing and self-isolation measures 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.

An update on coronavirus/COVID-19 and our services

Image of warning sign.At the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre, the wellbeing of our service users, volunteers, staff and their families is paramount. This is why, to prevent the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19, we have made some adjustments to our services.

We know this can be a difficult time for women who are experiencing abuse, and we want to make sure they are still able to access our legal and advocacy services.

08088 010 789

Please note our helplines are open as usual unless otherwise shown.

Legal information

Monday 2 - 5 pm
Tuesday 6 - 8 pm
Wednesday 11 am - 2 pm
Friday 10 am - 1 pm

Advocacy support

Tuesday 11 am - 2 pm

Sexual harassment

Thursday 5 - 8 pm