Click here to read more about Kate's story.
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 or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
Controlling behaviour is:
A range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them for sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is:
An act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim.
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.
Domestic Abuse Video
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.
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) or “Clare’s Law”
This scheme gives members of the public a formal mechanism to make enquires about an individual who they are in a relationship with, or who is in a relationship with someone they know, where there is a concern that the individual may be violent towards their partner.
This information may be disclosed via a request from a member of the public (“Right to Ask”) or by the police where a proactive decision is made to consider disclosing the information in order to protect a potential victim (“Right to Know”).
If police checks show that the individual has a record of violent offences, or there is other information to indicate that you, or the person you know, is at risk, the police will consider sharing this information.
The scheme increases public safety and affords victims of domestic abuse better protection by helping people make an informed decision on whether to continue a relationship. It also provides help and support to assist individuals when making that choice.
If you require further information about the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme or wish to make a request for information under it, please contact West Yorkshire Police on 101. The following links provide more detailed information about how the scheme operates:
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 :
Bradford District Domestic Abuse Unit – 01274 376744
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
- Kirklees Domestic Violence Team,
- 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)
The National Stalking Helpline : http://www.stalkinghelpline.org/
Paladin, the National Stalking Advocacy Service : http://paladinservice.co.uk/
Suzy Lamplugh Trust http://www.suzylamplugh.org/