Domestic violence and abuse
Domestic violence, sometimes called domestic abuse, is a serious problem. It is not just physical (slapping, punching or kicking), it can be someone trying to control what you do.
It can include sexual and emotional abuse.
An abuser may threaten you, control your money or use anything else to make you do things they want, including forcing you into marriage.
Domestic violence is not your fault and you are not alone.
If you are a victim of domestic violence or you know a person who is suffering abuse, tell someone. There are many people who can help:
- Calderdale’s First Response Team for Child protection;
- Gateway to Care for Safeguarding adults;
- West Yorkshire Police, telephone 101; or
- West Yorkshire Police Safeguarding Unit, telephone 01422 337041.
Increase your safety
If you are still living with or have contact with your abusive partner, there are steps you can take to increase your personal safety (and that of your children). See Safety planning.
Advice and support
Confidential, non-judgemental support and advice is available whether you are a victim, a survivor or the person who is committing the abuse. Support for female and male victims of domestic abuse and for children affected is provided by:
- Calderdale Women's Centre
23 Silver Street
Halifax HX1 1JN
- Web site:
- 01422 323339.
alternatively, support for female and male victims of domestic abuse is provided by:
- Victim Support West Yorkshire
Bradford and Calderdale Branch
6 Park View Court
St Paul's Road
Shipley BD18 3DZ.
- Web site:
- Victim Support|
- 01274 530544.
Calderdale Womens Refuge (Stonham)
This is a refuge for women and children who are fleeing from or are at risk from domestic violence. The refuge is run by Stonham (part of Home Group). The refuge provides a temporary safe house and women are supported to move into long term, safe accommodation. Support is offered to suit individual needs. This can include advice about a wide range of topics including housing, money matters and training.
- Calderdale Womens Refuge (Stonham)
PO Box 68
- 0845 155 1485
- 01484 727248
- These organisations can put you in touch with other local and national organisations that can help you cope with and recover from your experiences. In addition, we have listed some of these services below:
- Family Services Directory (select ‘Someone to talk to’ or ‘Staying safe’)
- Social care and wellbeing hub (search for ‘domestic violence’).
- Victim Support|
If you are a child or young person needing help and advice the links below may help;
For Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse
Perpetrators of domestic abuse who want to change their behaviour can get in touch with either of the following projects for support:
For those aged 18 and over
TheDomestic Violence Perpetrator Programme| led by Yorkshire Children’s Centre accepts referrals from a range of organisations as well as self -referrals. The programme is Respect accredited and based in Halifax town centre. It works with male perpetrators aged 18+ on a 29 week programme, this includes group work and and one to one sessions.
For further information or to make a referral contact:firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01484 519988.
For those aged 16 and over
The Choices|programme works with perpetrators aged 16 and over to help stop abusive behaviour early. The project works with female and male perpetrators and is based in Halifax town centre, though services are delivered across Calderdale. For further information or to make a referral telephone: 0113 2192417.
Polish victims of domestic abuse
The leaflet below contains details of a help-line which is available to Polish victims of domestic violence now resident in the UK. The leaflet is available in English or Polish and has been produced by the Survivors Trust.
- Information for Polish victims of domestic abuse (English language) [PDF file 604KB]|
- Information for Polish victims of domestic abuse (Polish language) [PDF file 771KB]|
Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse
If you need help,or are worried about someone who may be at risk of forced marriage or honour based abuse, this Forced marriage flyer [PDF file 279KB]| and this Forced marriage poster [PDF file 184KB]| include useful contact details and information.
This is the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme which gives members of the public a ‘right to ask’ Police where they have a concern that their partner may pose a risk to them or where they are concerned that the partner of a member of their family or a friend may pose a risk to that individual.
If an application is made under the scheme, Police and partner agencies will carry out checks and if they show that the partner has a record of abusive offences, or there is other information to indicate that there may be a risk from the partner, the partners will make a decision about whether to disclose information.
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 read Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme- information for partners|or;
- If you are concerned that someone you know may be in a relationship and is at risk of domestic violence please read Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - information for third parties|
Keeping yourself safe
If you have concerns about someone knowing you are reading this information, follow the advice given at Keeping Yourself Safe|. To avoid similar problems in the future, use a computer in a local library.