Don’t suffer in silence. Here are some things you can do:
- Contact Moray Women’s Aid for practical support
- Report your abuser to the police
- Take legal action
Reporting your partner to the police
Call 999 to report your partner for a domestic abuse incident in an emergency. The police should make your case a priority. Otherwise, phone your local police station (101).
Police Scotland employ officers who are trained to deal with domestic abuse cases. If you phone in a non-emergency, ask to be put through to a domestic abuse officer.
When they visit you they will:
- Check to see if you’re injured or need medical treatment.
- Try to gather evidence. In Scotland this must be from two sources – usually your statement plus witness information from anyone who saw or heard the incident, such as a neighbour. If you do have any injuries, they may take photos.
- The police will interview you and your partner (if they’re at the scene) separately. The police might also want to speak to any older children who were there.
- They will look for any other evidence of damage, such as broken door locks, punched walls or doors.
- They will also take a note of any children who are present or will be present in the future. They may refer the incident to the Children’s Reporter or your Health Visitor so that they can work with you to protect your children.
What happens to your partner?
If the police have enough evidence that your partner has assaulted you, they may arrest him and keep him in custody until he appears in court – usually the next working day.
Help and support
To get help, contact us. If a case goes to court you’ll be contacted by VIA (Victim Information and Advice) who will give you all the information you need about the court process.