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This section gives information about how domestic abuse can affect your health and how you feel physically and emotionally. It also tells you about services in East Lothian which can help.
Being abused physically, sexually or emotionally can affect your physical, sexual and mental health. You may have injuries or other physical or sexual health problems.
Many women feel stressed or depressed. This is a ‘normal’ reaction to what is happening.
These effects will not last forever. It is important to look after yourself and get help. There are many services in East Lothian which can help you. They are experienced in helping women who are abused.
Treatment for injuries
If you have been injured, try to get medical help as soon as you can. If it’s an emergency, go to Accident and Emergency at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Little France. You can also go to your GP or the minor injuries clinic at the Western General Hospital, 9am to 9pm. If your teeth have been damaged, go to your dentist. If you are not registered with a dentist you can go to Chalmers Dental Centre, 3 Chalmers Street, Edinburgh (weekdays) or phone Lothian Dental Advice Line on 0131 536 4800 (evenings and weekends).
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