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Support for victims of domestic violence during COVID-19 outbreak
The Scottish Government has stated that the safety and well-being of women and children who are at risk of experiencing violence during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak wil be supported with funds for key organisations:
Scottish Women’s Aid will receive £1.35 million over six months.
Rape Crisis Scotland will receive £226,309 over six months.
Further information on support available:
Scotland’s 24hr Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline is available on 0800 027 1234.
Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline is available on 08088 01 03 02. Calls to this number are free. Or email [email protected] or text 07537 410027.The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018, which came into force on 1 April 2019, reflects the full spectrum of abuse that victims may suffer, providing police and prosecutors with greater powers to target those who engage in coercive or controlling behaviour towards their partners or ex-partners. Further information on the law can be found here.
The Scottish Government has provided an additional £825,000 to Police Scotland to support the training of officers and frontline staff to respond to and investigate the new domestic abuse offence.