A domestic abuse survivor has been helped by Women’s Aid and Revive Scotland to find a new home

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A domestic abuse survivor says she might have died had she not left the home she shared with her ex-partner.

Laura* was helped to move to another part of Scotland after fearing for her own safety and that of her children.

She was in contact with Women’s Aid twice, but says she didn’t have the “courage” to leave until the third time she asked for help.

“I just didn’t want to be alive anymore,” she told STV News. “Living in this house with my ex-partner is what made me do it.

“I just got up, took our clothes in a small bag, what we could carry, and left.”

Women’s Aid found Laura and her children a place in a shelter, before she was moved to a safe house.

The Revive Scotland project then became involved and found its current home in another local council area.

Laura said: “They’ve put alarms on all my windows, and I also have a lock, so if anyone ever comes into my house, I can walk into a room and it’ll lock me in that room with the children and no one will enter it.

“They put up fences so no one can see properly into my garden.”

The relocation project has been running for a year as part of a partnership between Homefinder UK and Wheatley Group.

It supports women who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, as a result of domestic violence in Scotland.

The team have carried out 16 moves for survivors and are only assisting women and those wishing to move to another local authority.

Andrea Williams, from Revive Scotland, said: ‘When you think about what they’ve been through already, of not having the basic right to a safe home in an area they’ve chosen, we’re empowering them to think about “where to do I want to move, why do I want to move? then we bypass that.

Women’s Aid Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline operates 24/7 on 0800 027 1234, and online chats are available and details of local groups are available on womensaid.scot.

* This is not his real name.

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