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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is a serious matter. We understand that coming to the police can seem like a very big step, so we do everything we can to treat reports of domestic abuse sensitively. We are fully committed to investigating each case thoroughly and taking appropriate action.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. Such abuse can include, but is not limited to: physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual.

What can we do?

North Yorkshire Police work closely with many partner organisations, including IDAS who provide independent domestic abuse support to both male and female victims oof domestic abuse. IDAS provides support to victims through Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVAs).

IDVAs support victims and their families whether they are involved in prosecutions or not. They help those involved in court processes, as this can help increase their safety. They offer support before, during and after any key criminal justice intervention because they know these are times when people feel anxious and when risk might increase.

If you have reported this type of crime to North Yorkshire Police, the likelihood is that they will already have put you in touch with IDAS and you may already have IDVA or outreach support in place. If not, IDAS also have a dedicated 24-hour domestic abuse helpline which provides a single, independent point of contact for victims (or concerned third parties) to self-refer into. Their contact number is 03000 110 110.

If you do find yourself in the court process, IDAS can provide support and help and guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.


Just talking to someone about what you are going through will make you realise that there are people on your side who can help you understand what choices are available to you and guide you to specialist organisations that can support you in making you and your family safe moving forward.

Victims can contact IDAS via their 24/7 helpline number or via their live chat service on their website. Call 0300 110 110 or visit the IDAS website.

Domestic Abuse Action Plan April 2018 [pdf] Information for people going to Family Court following domestic abuse[pdf]