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What do I do if this is happening to me?

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Keeping Yourself Safe

Everyone's situation and circumstances are different; however the need to keep yourself and your children safe is of the utmost importance.  Remember it is not your fault and there are others who can help you.  If you have concerns about your safety you should contact the police who will be able to assist.

In addition you may wish to consider some of the following:

Phone numbers

Keep a list ready of important phone numbers (e.g. police, friends, family, helplines) for you and your children.

Tell a Friend or Neighbour

Are there friends or neighbours you could tell about the abuse? Ask them to call the police if they hear angry or violent noises.

Teach children how to get help

If you have children teach them how to dial 999 to ask for the police. Make up a code word that you can use when you need help. 

Safer places in the Home

Think about safer places in your home where there are no weapons. If you feel abuse is going to happen, try to get your abuser into one of these safer places.

Think about how you could get out safely

Even if you do not actually plan to leave the home, think about how you could do it and where you could go. Practice ways of getting out by doing things that get you out of the house - taking out the rubbish, walking the dog, going to the shop. Put together a bag of things you use every day and hide it where it is easy for you to get it or ask someone you trust if they would keep this for you.

Emergency phone calls

Can you get access to a phone to call the police for help? Calls to 999 are free even if they are from a mobile phone.  You should also be aware that the number 112 (the European emergency services number) will also connect you to Police Scotland.

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