West Yorkshire Police deal with four incidents of domestic abuse every hour.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse can include:
- verbal arguments
- sexual assault
- damage to property
West Yorkshire Police use the following definition of domestic abuse:
Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between
- adults aged 18 and over who are or have been intimate partners or are family members, and
- persons aged 16 and 17 who are or have been intimate partners,
and in all cases regardless of gender and sexuality.
Family members are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step-family.
Domestic abuse occurs mostly towards women from men but men can also be victims. It can occur in any relationship regardless of age, sex, class, race or disability.
What to do if you are a victim
Domestic abuse will not be tolerated by West Yorkshire Police. We treat all reports seriously and we will do whatever we can to help prevent further incidents occurring. We always encourage those who suffer domestic abuse to report incidents to us.
We have a zero tolerance policy in respect of domestic abuse; we will arrest anyone who is alleged to have committed a criminal offence and will prosecute where ever possible and appropriate.
Who can help?
We have specially trained officers who can provide support and practical assistance to those who suffer domestic abuse, for example in making your home safer. They are located in our 5 local district Safeguarding Units and their contact details are below. We work in partnership with a wide variety of statutory and voluntary groups who can also provide help and support and with your permission we will put them in touch with you.
You should report any incidents of domestic abuse to the police by calling 101. In an emergency always dial 999.
You can also call or email your local Police Safeguarding Unit to discuss any concerns or questions you have with one of our specialist staff on the contact details below:
- Bradford :
01924 335073/ 72
There are also several other National agencies who you can call for help or support:
- 24hr National Domestic Violence helpline
0808 2000 247
- National helpline for men wanting to change
- Broken Rainbow - support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experiencing domestic violence.
08452 60 44 60 www.broken-rainbow.org.uk
- Staying Put
The Oasis Project: (Overcoming Abuse through Social Independence with Support) 01274 634850
Bradford Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service: 01274 308 270
- Domestic Violence Services Keighley
- Calderdale Council :
- Calderdale Women Centre
- Doorways – for help with housing
- Pennine Domestic Violence Group
0800 052 7222
- Kirklees Safer Stronger Communities
- Leeds Domestic Violence Services
0113 246 0401
- The Safe at Home Team
0800 915 1561
- Alcohol Team
- Safer Relationship Men’s helpline
07515 573842 (please leave a message)