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We know that being isolated at home under stressful circumstances can increase the risk of violence and abuse for victims of domestic abuse.
There are some steps that people at risk can take, so they are prepared for a situation, should it arise at home.
While it may be difficult to access face-to-face help during this period of isolation and social distancing, help and support is available online and on the phone. Visit North Yorkshire Police’s website to access a full list of support available from local partners and national charities and agencies.
Domestic abuse is defined as abuse between intimate partners, including ex-partners, and in families. It affects men as well as women and the perpetrator can even be a child within the household.
Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnicity and sexuality.
Domestic abuse is not just physical violence, it can appear in many forms such as:
Police have gained new powers in relation to coercive and controlling behaviours. This means that victims who experience that type of controlling behaviour can bring their perpetrators to justice.
We have signed up to the Chartered Institute of Housing' “Make a Stand” pledge to tackle domestic abuse, which has been developed with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance and Women’s Aid.
You can also report domestic abuse to Beyond Housing. We’ll treat your call confidentially and sensitively and offer all the help and support you need.
Clare’s Law is there to help you find out if your partner has a history of abuse. If you are concerned that you do not know your partner’s true past, Clare’s Law can provide you with protection. Requesting this information is different for each county, please click on the link based on where you live.
This is run by the Refuge and Womens Aid (24 hours a day, 365 days a year).