Safeguarding for Professionals

What is domestic violence and abuse?

Domestic violence makes up the majority of violence against women, children and men locally and nationally and includes physical, psychological, sexual violence; emotional abuse; financial exploitation and stalking. It is best understood as a pattern of behaviour characterised by the misuse of power and control and often escalates over time. 

More information can be found on the Citizens Advice website.

For more information, visit: Domestic Violence and Abuse .

Calderdale Domestic Abuse Strategic Board

Calderdale’s partnership approach to tackling domestic abuse recognises that domestic abuse harms the whole of society and impacts across all sections of our community. Under the leadership of the Domestic Abuse (DA) Strategic Board, partners involved in the production of this strategy recognise the importance of collaboration and are committed to shared responsibility and action across all sectors. We recognise that victims of domestic abuse are drawn from diverse backgrounds, with wide ranging individual circumstances.

PDFCalderdale Domestic Abuse Strategy for 2016 to 2019 [PDF 555KB]

For Schools

Schools 'Healthy Relationships' resource

For a list of resources for primary and secondary schools relating to Healthy Relationships, see:

The resource list includes these topics:

  • Domestic Abuse;
  • Child Sexual Exploitation;
  • Emotional Wellbeing; and
  • specific SEND resources.


PDFList of Calderdale Domestic Abuse Support Services [PDF 259KB]

PDFCalderdale Staying Safe Leaflet for professionals [PDF 347KB]

PDFCalderdale Staying Safe Leaflet for the public [PDF 1370KB]

Calderdale Domestic Abuse Hub

PDFCalderdale Domestic Abuse Hub Guidance [PDF 227KB]

PDFDASH Risk Assessment [PDF 417KB]

PDFMARAC Referral Form [PDF 197KB]

Domestic Abuse Training

For booking information on the Training Course, see Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board

Children and Young People

Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence

Female Genital Mutilation

Adolescent to Parent Violence

Calderdale domestic abuse strategy for 2016 to 2019

Health Professionals