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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 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.

Exclusion orders: what are they and how can they help if I’m experiencing abuse at home?

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Home is not always a safe place for women experiencing abuse. However, there are legal options that can be requested from the court to protect women and children from the abuse. One option is an exclusion order.

We have published a guide with information on what an exclusion order is, who can apply for one and what the court process is, which you can read here. Below we give a brief introduction to this legal protection.

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

Like other workplaces, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals 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 is temporarily changing.

In this blog we describe some of things you can expect if your case was already in court or if you were considering taking your case to court.

Someone is stalking me, what can I do?

We know that the ‘stay at home’ measures can feel particularly isolating if you are experiencing stalking.

There are many ways in which stalking can happen in this context and we have written about stalking behaviours and how to identify them here.

In this blog you will find a list of practical steps that might be useful in your situation and ways in which you can get help and support.

The most important thing to remember is that there are organisations you can reach out to during the pandemic if this is your experience.

Stalking while ‘staying at home’

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Stalking is a form of abuse that is often misunderstood and minimised. The lack of awareness in our society means that stalking often goes under the radar.

The current ‘stay at home’ measures could increase or worsen stalking incidents because our movement has become restricted and our routines can be more easily monitored and/or predicted.

In this blog we reflect on how stalking behaviours can continue for women during the coronavirus pandemic.

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