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. The primary support for women and children in Calderdale is provided by:
- Calderdale Women's Centre
23 Silver Street
Halifax HX1 1JN
- Web site:
- 01422 323339.
Male victims of abuse can get help from:
- 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.
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 details below for some of these services:
- 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;
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 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.