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. Support is for female and male victims of domestic abuse, including those in same sex relationships as well as for children affected. It is provided by

alternatively, support for female and male victims of domestic abuse is provided by:

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. 

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|External link 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 or telephone 01484 519988.

For those aged 16 and over

The Choices|External linkprogramme 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.

Last Updated: 05/07/2016