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If you (or someone you know) are being abused by a partner or ex-partner, you may need help and support. This website gives basic information about domestic abuse, your rights and how to get help in East Lothian. It has been written with help from women who have themselves been abused.
Keep this information in a place where the person abusing you will not find it. If there’s nowhere safe at home, then it may be better to leave it with a friend. If it’s not safe to use your home computer because your partner checks the sites you visit, you can use the internet free in your local library.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse happens in all kinds of intimate relationships. Usually women are abused by their male partners. But domestic abuse can occur in same sex relationships and sometimes, men are abused by women.
The abuse can begin at any time - in new relationships or after many years. Sometimes it starts during pregnancy but can be triggered by other circumstances.
Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident. It tends to get more frequent and worse over time.
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