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What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic Abuse is any incident of controlling, or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults, aged 16 and over, who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender and sexuality.
Children witnessing domestic abuse is really distressing and scary, and causes serious harm. Children living in a home where domestic abuse is happening are at risk of other types of abuse too. Approximately 900,000 children will be exposed to domestic abuse per year.
Find out more about recognising the signs of domestic abuse. If you, or someone you know, may be suffering from domestic abuse, we will listen and we are here to help you.
At South Yorkshire Police we take all domestic abuse, rape and sexual assaults very seriously. We are committed to protecting the lives of both adult and child victims of domestic abuse, to investigate all reports effectively, to bring offenders to justice and hold them accountable for their actions as well as provide support and advice from our Protecting Vulnerable People team as well as our partner agencies.
How we can help?
If you are experiencing domestic abuse report it to us by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency, or tell a family member, friend or neighbour. Many abusers rely on silence to continue the abuse.
If you are worried about a loved one or someone you know, report it to us. We will listen.
Alternatively, there are a number of support agencies that can provide advice and support to victims of domestic abuse, contact details can be found here.
You might be able to get legal aid if you have evidence that you or your children have been victims of domestic abuse or violence and you can’t afford to pay legal costs. More information here.
Attending court can be a daunting and emotional experience for anyone, there are many options to help support you during court cases, click here to find out more.