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Domestic and sexual abuse

The government's definition of domestic violence is as follows: ‘Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse'.


Bradford District specialist support services are here to offer you support. Bradford Survive & Thrive, 0808 2800 999. Bradford Rape Crisis, 01274 308270. Anah project, 08459 60 60 11. West Yorkshire Police, 101 or 999. Men Standing Up, 03003 030167. Housing Options, 01274 435999.

Domestic Violence is usually about one person’s desire to control their partner, even if they are not aware of this themselves.

There are different forms of abuse, but if your relationship leaves you feeling scared, intimidated or controlled, it's possible you're in an abusive relationship. Sadly if it has happened once, it is likely to happen again.

The government's definition of domestic violence is as follows:

‘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 include, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:

  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • emotional abuse
  • financial abuse
  • psychological abuse

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate 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
  • 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.*

*This definition includes so-called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.

Get help

Find out more about how to get help for yourself or support someone you know. Even if it has been happening for years it is never too late to seek help.

Victims can report domestic abuse online rather than needing to make a phone call.

The form will only be for use in non-emergency situations. If it is an emergency or a crime is in progress, then call 999.

The form is also only for use by the person who is the victim of the abuse, it is not to be used for third party reporting. Anyone wanting to report concerns for another person can do so here.

If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger of abuse or harm please call 999.

For support in non-emergencies you can contact West Yorkshire Police on 101, and access advice and support from Staying Put

Make Yourself Heard. In danger, need the police, but can't speak? 1. Dial 999. 2. Listen to the questions from the 999 operator. 3. Respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can. 4. If prompted, press 55. This lets the 999 call operator know it's a genuine emergency and you'll be put through to the police.


If you are a child or young person reading this and you are living with violence at home please keep reading - you are not alone.

If you are being abused there are three simple steps you can take.

No one deserves to be abused. Find out how to help here

For information about the global movement encouraging men to play their part in eliminating male violence against women, visit the White Ribbon Bradford web page.

For information regarding MARACs in the Bradford District visit the MARAC webpage or contact us by email

West Yorkshire Police Licensing and Bradford Council’s Licensing Department have jointly adopted the “Ask for Angela” campaign which is designed to help reduce sexual abuse on nights out.

The idea is that anyone out on a date or on a night out who feels unsafe, vulnerable or threatened can discreetly seek help by approaching venue staff and asking them for 'Angela'.

This will indicate to staff that they need help a member of staff will support and assist.

It works by licensed premises pledging to take part in the scheme and displaying ‘Ask for Angela’ posters. This shows their staff know what to do if someone asks if they can speak with ‘Angela’.

 What happens if someone ‘Ask for Angela’ in your venue?

  • Take the person asking for help to a part of the venue not in sight of the potential threat - staff room, kitchen area, toilet.
  • Ask them what they want to do? They might just want to alert you to the situation, they might need someone to keep watch while they collect their possessions or they might want help leaving or calling a taxi.
  • Once the person asking for help is somewhere safe, request the person causing the distress to leave the venue.
  • Do not allow the person asking for help to leave the venue in sight of the person causing the distress, as this could lead to them being followed out of the venue and placed at higher risk.
  • If the person causing the distress becomes angry, consider calling the police for assistance or follow you corporate policy on this issue.

How can your venue get involved in the campaign?

  • Pledge to adopt the ‘Ask For Angela’ campaign in your venue.
  • Brief staff including security staff about the campaign, so they know what to do when someone ‘Asks For Angela’.
  • Display the posters around your venue to show your support for the campaign.
  • Use your venue’s social media platforms to show that you’ve pledged to adopt the ‘Ask For Angela’ campaign. Use the hashtag #AskForAngela.


If you’ve any questions about the Ask Angela campaign please email

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