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.

Tell someone

Always call 999 in an emergency.

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:

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. The primary support for women and children in Calderdale is provided by:

Male victims of abuse can get help from:

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, our online directories provide contact details for many such services:

Keeping yourself safe

If you have concerns about someone knowing you are reading this information, follow the advice given at Keeping Yourself Safe|External link. To avoid similar problems in the future, use a computer in a local library.

Last Updated: 04/11/2014