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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.

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 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 some of things you can expect if your case was already in court or if you are considering taking your case to court.

Changes are happening all the time as the courts issue new processes and guidance. We will update the information here with any updates.

Last updated: 16 July 2020

Someone is stalking me, what can I do?

We know that lockdown measures can feel particularly isolating if you are experiencing stalking.

When staying at home and/or doing most of your activities online, there are many ways in which stalking can happen 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.

Current lockdown measures have meant that our movement is more restricted, making it easier to monitor and/or predict our routines. This, in in turn, could increase or worsen stalking incidents

In this blog we discuss how stalking behaviours can continue for women during the pandemic and include details of where to seek support.

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

All our helplines are open as usual.

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

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