Statistics show that one in four women and one in six men will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime.

Many victims of domestic abuse find it very hard to tell anyone about what is happening to them.

Domestic abuse takes many forms including physical violence, bullying, threatening, belittling, constant criticism, sexual abuse and financial control.

Abusive relationships frequently get worse over time and can become more physically violent as well as emotionally harmful.

Domestic abuse is defined as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. It includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

To report an incident:

To report an incident of domestic abuse please call North Yorkshire police 101.
If you have a speech or hearing impairment you can use Textphone 18001 101

In an emergency

In an emergency or if your safety is threatened, always call the police on 999.
Textphone 18000 – in an emergency

Independent Domestic Abuse Services

(IDAS) provide support and advice to men and women across York and North Yorkshire.

  • IDAS Independent Domestic Abuse Services 03000 110 110
  • IDAS Rape Support Line 0300 111 0777