Experiencing Domestic Abuse or been accused? We can help.

Domestic abuse can happen in many ways and includes violent, physical, sexual, psychological, and financial abuse. We can help if you have been subjected to false allegations and have been successful in exposing fabricated lies either before reaching trial or during the trial itself resulting in acquittals.

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Accused of an Allegation

We can help during what will be a difficult time when you may be excluded from your family home and having contact with your family due to bail conditions.




We have extensive experience offering defences for clients accused of domestic violence in numerous cases over the years.

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We know that domestic allegations often stem from wider family disputes, divorces, separation, contact, and access issues with children, and complainers can often manufacture and embellish events to gain more ‘leverage’ in settlements. This makes it a highly emotive and specialised area of law. The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 contains the law in this area and denotes that domestic abuse isn’t just physical. It can happen in many ways. The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018 came into force on April 1, 2019, and the definition of “abuse” now includes violent, physical, sexual, psychological, and financial abuse. The offence can carry a maximum of 14 years on indictment.

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Scullion LAW regularly act for clients accused of domestic offences and in cases where clients have been subjected to false allegations, we have been successful in exposing these fabricated lies either before reaching trial or during the trial itself resulting in acquittals for our clients. We can assist by providing impartial advice and seek to expose any deceptive allegations by seeking the truth and ensuring justice prevails in court.

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Looking for advice on Domestic Abuse?

Domestic Abuse is against the law. Seek legal advice as soon as possible, in an emergency call 999.

Know your rights

Learn about your legal and housing rights by speaking to a professional.

Tell someone

Speak to someone you trust, a friend, family member, GP etc or even a neighbour who you can alert when you feel in danger.

Keep a record

Make notes of abusive incidents, including times, dates, names and details of how it made you feel. Tell your GP, so they have a record of the abuse. Save any abusive messages.

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The questions we most frequently get asked.

It can include:
• being threatened
• name calling
• controlling what you do, where you go and who you speak to
• threatening your children
• not being allowed to see your friends and family
• accusing you of cheating
• threatening to out your sexual orientation
• sharing – or threatening to share – intimate images of you with family, friends or work colleagues
• being hit, kicked, punched, or have objects thrown at you
• rape, being forced into sexual acts.

Many people are charged under section 38 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 which charges “Threatening or abusive behaviour”.

Section 38 states: –

  1. A person (“A”) commits an offence if—
  • A behaves in a threatening or abusive manner,
  • the behaviour would be likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm, and
  • A intends by the behaviour to cause fear or alarm or is reckless as to whether the behaviour would cause fear or alarm.
  1. It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under subsection (1) to show that the behaviour was, in the particular circumstances, reasonable.
  2. Subsection (1) applies to—
  • behaviour of any kind including, in particular, things said or otherwise communicated as well as things done, and
  • behaviour consisting of—
  • a single act, or
  • a course of conduct.
  1. A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable—
  • on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years, or to a fine, or to both, or
  • on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to both.

Police Scotland and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (“COPFS”) have a dedicated domestic abuse unit that has been tackling domestic abuse crimes and violence for decades. The resources of the state operate in a manner that favours the person reporting an offence first but often these tools can be manipulated by dishonest complainers.

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I’ve had a court case and I’ve been supported fully by my lawyer Urfan Dar. He reassured me and was brilliant all the way through and still can’t thank him enough.



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