Domestic abuse can be abusive physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual behaviour between adults in a relationship or between family members. The police and specialist agencies can offer advice and support.
It's abuse if your partner or a family member:
If you feel in immediate danger as a result of domestic abuse, dial 999 straight away and wait in a safe place for the police to arrive.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, or know someone who is, we would prefer to speak to you on the phone (by calling us on 101) or in person at a police station.
However, if contacting us online is the safest way for you to get in touch fill in the Report a crime or incident form.
Please don’t be worried about talking to us, we will always listen to you and do everything we can to help.
Also known as Clare’s Law, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme gives you the right to make an application to the Police to find out if your partner has a history of abuse.
You can also make an application if you are worried that someone you know may be in a relationship with a previously abusive partner.
To make an application, visit a police station or contact us on 101.
A Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN) is a notice served by the police against a person who is aged over 18, where the police reasonably believe that the person has been violent or has threatened violence against you and that you need to be protected. The DVPN can:
A Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO) is an order applied for by the police and issued by the Magistrates' Court. If an order is made, it will last for a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 28 days.
You should call the police on 101 or visit a police station in person – if it is an emergency call 999.
The person will be arrested and appear before a Magistrates' Court. They could be fined up to £5,000 and/or sent to prison for up to 2 months.
Please note: The police can serve a Domestic Violence Protection Notice or Domestic Violence Protection Order even if you do not agree to it. You will not have to go to court or give evidence if you do not want to.
A number of agencies can provide you with specialist assistance and advice. For details, visit this is not an excuse.
Advice for domestic abusers can be found on the respect.uk.net website.