Domestic Abuse

In 2017 West Yorkshire Police dealt with over six incidents of domestic abuse every hour.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can include:

  • verbal arguments
  • threats
  • intimidation
  • harassment
  • assault
  • sexual assault
  • injury
  • 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.

If you are suffering same sex domestic violence, please click here for more information.

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.

Domestic Abuse Action Plan

The West Yorkshire Police domestic abuse action plan is below



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:

If you are in a relationship and are worried that your partner may have been abusive in the past, please click here (PDF 500kb)

If you are concerned that someone you know may be in a relationship and is at risk of domestic violence, please click here (PDF 500kb)



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:

There are also several other National agencies who you can call for help or support:


Local Contacts


  • Staying Put
    01274 667104 / Email [email protected]

  • 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
    01535 210999





External Links

Help For Victims website :

The National Stalking Helpline :

Paladin, the National Stalking Advocacy Service :

Suzy Lamplugh Trust

Victim Support
0808 1689111

Women’s Aid

NSPCC Helpline (for adults concerned about a child) 0808 800 5000

Childline (help for children and young people) 0800 1111



Accessible Domestic Violence Resources

Information on Domestic Violence in British Sign Language and Easy Read formats can be found via the following links:


Easy Read

To download our Domestic Violence Posters, please click here: Poster 1 (PDF) Poster 2 (PDF)

Bright Sky

Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app providing support and information for anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.

The app is also available to use in Polish, Punjabi and Urdu.

To download the Android app, click here.

To download the IPhone app, click here.