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Report domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is defined as any incident of controlling, forced (also known as coercive) or threatening behaviour, between those aged 16 or over who are personally connected.

You are ‘personally connected’ to someone if they are a current or ex-partner, family member, or someone responsible for your care, or that of a young person.

Domestic abuse covers different types of abuse, including but not limited to:

  • Physical abuse (hitting or injuring you)
  • Emotional and psychological abuse (judging or manipulating you)
  • Sexual abuse (forcing you to engage in sexual acts)
  • Financial abuse (controlling your money)

Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality or social background. It also includes honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

Report domestic abuse to the police

If you are a victim of domestic abuse or know someone who is, report it to us:

Immediate danger

Call 999 if you are in immediate danger and wait in a safe place for the police to arrive.

If it is not safe to speak, call 999 and press ’55’ – this will alert the phone operator that you need help but cannot talk.

What happens after a report has been made?

If you feel ready and wish to report the abuse as a crime, the police will attend and investigate. We will risk assess the crime to ensure it is dealt with by the appropriate team. Find out more about what happens after a domestic abuse report has been made.

Support for victims

You are not to blame for what is happening and you are not alone. There are local and national organisations who can help you. View details of organisations who can support you.

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Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS)

The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) gives any member of the public the right to ask the police to disclose information about someone’s history of domestic violence or violent acts. It is also known as ‘Clare’s Law’.

If you have concerns about your partner, or you are worried that someone you know may be in a relationship with a previously abusive partner, make a request by visiting a police station or calling 101.

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