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We know it’s hard to pick up the phone and ask for help, but we want you to know that you are not alone.
If you feel scared of your partner or if you are worried about someone you know, get in touch with Scotland’s 24 hour Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline on 0800 027 1234, visit sdafmh.org.uk or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is language translating and interpreting service available
If you witness a violent incident or there is an immediate threat to yours or someone else’s safety call 999 and ask to speak to the police. If you cannot speak out loud because it would alert an abusive person to the phone call being made, dial 55 after calling 999 and the call will be put through to the police.
The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre offer free legal information and support to all women, including those with no recourse to public funds. Visit their website here: www.scottishwomensrightscentre.org.uk
Citizens Advice Bureaus will be able to provide information and help you to understand what your rights are in lots of areas, including housing, social security and immigration: www.cas.org.uk
The Women’s Project provide legal advice and representation to refugee and migrant women and children in Scotland who have an unsettled asylum/immigration position and who have experienced gender-based violence in their country of origin and/or the UK: www.lsa.org.uk/lsa
The Ethnic Minorities Law Centre (EMLC) provides legal advice and representation to individuals from Scotland’s Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities: www.emlc.org.uk
You can speak to your GP, midwife or health visitor about abuse in confidence, and seek medical assistance if you need it.
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We strive to ensure that our services are easy to access throughout Perthshire and we provide tailored support to individual needs.
We’re extremely grateful for those who have bravely shared the following stories, which highlight how we can help.
Your refuge gave me the first and only opportunity to escape the abuse my children and I were still part of. As I lived near the children’s father I felt I couldn’t escape them not seeing him, and after a year of being around him with the kids every Saturday my mental health completely plummeted.
I would like to thank you. As a victim of abuse I found it really helpful and learned a lot. I can now recognise abusive personalities and avoid to put myself in abusive relationships in the future. It helped me understand what I’ve been living in and why it was so wrong. Also I have learned to see early signs of abuse. Thank you so much to Women’s Aid Perth for letting supporting me in my native language of Polish. There are so many women who will get benefit of it as they struggle with English and also talking about feelings in my own language is more comfortable.
Our partners help us play a vital role in supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse.