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This report comes from the Scottish Government.

Extract from Key Messages

There is evidence in Scotland that, throughout lockdown, services received reports of children being exposed to increased levels of abuse. There were some reports of children who had fled domestic abuse experiencing severe isolation and digital exclusion, with remote engagement and with younger children being reported as very difficult.

The most consistent findings throughout lockdown related to domestic abuse perpetrated via child contact. There were reports of perpetrators using the restrictions as a justification for increased contact and women facilitating child contact without agreed conditions, in order to placate perpetrators and manage abuse.