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Can you change your mind about pressing charges? ..... my mum was the victim of an physical and verb assault 3 days ago by a person known to us. The police attended but talked her round from charging the attacker and they went and spoke to the attacker regarding their behaviour. Now mum is thinking she should have pressed charges. At the time she had a sore neck and what looked to be 1 scratch down her face. Now that bruising has had time to come out she has fingerprint bruising down her neck where the attacker held her by the throat and 4 separate scratches on her face. She also had a lump on her forehead from being punched and a very painful shoulder from trying to fight the attacker off. Photos have been taken at time of attack and since injuries have become more apparent. 

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Why don’t you get her to speak to Victim Support Scotland about it? They’ll give her good advice on what to do. 

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