Cut the Strings and put a stop to domestic abuse

Date published: 25 April 2018 09:10

If an incident of domestic abuse is happening now or someone has been injured or is in danger, call 999. In a non-emergency, call South Yorkshire Police on 101.

What is domestic abuse?

The UK government’s definition of domestic violence is ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional.’

Domestic abuse can take different forms, including:

  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • financial abuse
  • coercive control / emotional abuse
  • digital / online abuse
  • honour-based violence
  • forced marriage
  • female genital mutilation (FGM).

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How can I get help?

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, you can 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 so they can continue the abuse.
If you are worried about a loved one or someone you know, report it to us. We will listen.
We take all reports of domestic abuse 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.

What other support is available?

Our Protecting Vulnerable People team often provide support to domestic abuse victims, but support is also available from partner agencies. There are organisations in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham who can offer you support. Click here to find out who they are and how to contact them. 

Domestic Abuse Action Plan

You can read the force's action plan which sets out how we will deliver on the recommendations set out in the 2017 HMICFRS report on the police response to domestic abuse.