Same Sex Domestic Abuse


Same Sex Domestic Abuse

Our experience of domestic abuse homicides involving same sex partners indicates that where it appeared that there was a history of domestic abuse, no reports were made to the police.

This is why the police have teamed up with Yorkshire Mesmac - the sexual health project, the Gay Police Association and Stonewall - the diversity champion to raise awareness.

The reasons for under reporting may include a fear of not being believed and that it will be dismissed by the police. It also appears that victims, particularly men are reluctant to admit that they are being abused as they are embarrassed.

Help is out there for victims and offenders and we are aiming to bring down some of the barriers some victims may see.


Who can help?

Reporting to West Yorkshire Police

  • You should report any incidents of domestic abuse to the police by calling 101

  • In an emergency, when there is a crime in progress or a danger to life, always dial 999

  • Click here to report domestic abuse online


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. 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.

If you need to contact the police in an emergency but aren’t able to speak to the operator, click here for information about silent 999 calls.


Safe Spaces

If you are experiencing domestic abuse you can visit a ‘safe space’ where someone can provide you with information and support. Click here for more information and to find your nearest Safe Space.


24 Hour Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247 / National Domestic Abuse Helpline


Local Council Contacts


Other Contacts



Page last reviewed July 2021