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This section gives some ideas about keeping yourself and your children as safe as possible. You are not responsible for the abuse and you cannot stop it. Only the person abusing you can do that. But there are things you can do to protect yourself and any children whether or not you and your partner are living together. You probably do some of these things already. Below are some ideas which other women have found helpful.
You can use the law to protect yourself from a violent partner, for example by having him removed from the home and prevented from coming near you. For more information see section 7.
Staying with an abusive partner
Women stay with abusive partners for many reasons. Whatever your reasons, you do not deserve to be abused. But you do not have to cope with this on your own. At the very least, alert someone to the fact that you may be at risk so they can keep an eye out for you. Make sure that you tell someone you trust. You can also talk to a support service like East Lothian Women’s Aid.
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