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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is abusive behaviour between those aged over 16 years who are personally connected to each other. A personal connection exists where they are, or have been, intimate partners or family members, even after separation.

According to the Domestic Abuse Act (2021), behaviour is considered abusive when it consists of any of the following:

  • physical or sexual abuse
  • violence or threatening behaviour
  • controlling and coercive abuse, even after separation
  • economic abuse - any behaviour that has a substantial adverse effect to acquire use or maintain money or other property, or obtain goods or services
  • psychological, emotional, or other abuse

Domestic abuse can occur regardless of age, gender identity or reassignment, religion, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, marital status, or background.

A child who sees, or hear, or experiences the effect of domestic abuse and is related to the person being abused or the perpetrator is also regarded as a victim of domestic abuse.

Further information around the definition of domestic abuse and the different types of abuse is available within the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

Controlling and coercive behaviour

Controlling and 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. This type of domestic abuse can be difficult to detect.

Examples may include:

  • isolating a person from their friends and family
  • depriving them of their basic needs
  • monitoring their time
  • monitoring a person via online communication tools or using spyware
  • taking control over aspects of their everyday life, such as where they can go, who they can see, what to wear and when they can sleep

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Getting help and support

In an emergency, if someone is immediate danger or your safety is threatened, call North Yorkshire Police on 999.

Local Independent Domestic Abuse Services

Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) provide support and advice to men and women across York and North Yorkshire.

IDAS Helpline: 03000 110 110.

Live is chat is also available via the IDAS website.

Foundation +Choices

Our service offer a perpetrator behaviour change program. This service aims to promote positive behaviour change among those who harm and is provided by Foundation.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline service operates a 24-hour free phone line and a live chat.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Domestic abuse: how to get help

Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.

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York Domestic Abuse Local Partnership Board

The York Domestic Abuse Local Partnership Board (DALPB) has a key strategic role in providing governance to domestic abuse services within York, ensuring that they meet the needs of local victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

The DALPB is responsible for ensuring that the City of York Council meets its statutory duties under Part 4 of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

The DALPB will include representation from all key agencies and sectors. The group will deliver a commitment to victims and survivors to continue to reduce the incidence, impact and subsequent effects of domestic abuse on families across York.

Further details regarding the governance of domestic abuse, including copies of our Domestic Abuse Strategy and Safe Accommodation Strategy, are available via the Safer York Partnership website.

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White Ribbon Accreditation

White Ribbon Accreditation is a nationally recognised programme for organisations who are committed to improving their workplace culture, progressing gender equality, and ending violence against women and girls.

City of York Council is White Ribbon accredited, highlighting our commitment to working to end violence against women and girls.

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Additional information

Further information and support is available regarding the safaguarding of both adults and children in York.

Safeguarding adults in York

If you're not sure what to do to protect a vulnerable adult, further information is available via the City of York Safeguarding Adults Board website.

Safeguarding children in York

If you are concerned about a child then further information is available via the City of York Safeguarding Children Partnership website.

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Also see

Public Health

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