IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD ARE IN DANGER CONTACT THE POLICE!
Everyone has the right to live without fear or threat. If a partner or ex-partner is abusing or harrassing you and/or your children you can use the law to protect yourselves.
There are things that you can do. Knowing some of the facts will help to keep you safe. The law can be quite complicated , so it is always best to speak to an adviser. You can contact a solicitor, local Women's Aid group, Citizens Advice Bureau, housing offices or law centres.(see Useful Contacts)
It is a good idea to keep a note of who you have been speaking to, their names, phone number and/or email address. Also make a note of what they have said to you. It can be hard to remember everything, especially if you are anxious or stressed
The legal system can be quite complex so you should speak to Glasgow Women's Aid or your local Citizen's Advice Bureau. We can tell you how to find a solicitor who is experienced in Family Law and can give you information about what to expect.
It is important to remember that:-
Any woman who is being assaulted, threatened or harassed by an abuser can apply through a lawyer for a court order telling them to stop their behaviour. This is called an Interdict. An Interdict can have powers of arrest attached to it.
An order can be granted if you want an abuser to be told to stop assaulting you but you do not wish to have them put out of the home. It can also be granted if you are living apart from the abuser and you still need protection from them. For example, the abuser may be prohibited from assaulting and threatening you in your home or anywhere else, or coming within 50 yards of the family home.