Domestic Abuse

It is estimated that 1 in 5 children are living in a household where Domestic Abuse is present. The effect that Domestic Abuse has on children can be profound, traumatic and cumulative, and can go undetected. It is estimated that only 17% of victims report their abuse to the police.

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 recognises children as victims if they see, hear or experience the effects of abuse between two personally connected individuals who are aged 16 or over. Any abusive behaviour directed at a person under the age of 16, however, is classed as child abuse, rather than domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse is defined as “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 encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse: Psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional”.

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What constitutes as Abuse?

  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Psychological or emotional abuse
  • Economic abuse
  • Violent or threatening behaviour
  • Controlling or coercive behaviour

The behaviour can be a single incident or ongoing and can be one or many of the behaviours listed above. Physical abuse may include withdrawing food or sleep, handing out punishment, rape, forced prostitution, revenge porn or unconsented recording of sex. A victim may not be allowed to socialise or to claim their own benefits in order for the perpetrator to control the victim.

Stalking and Harassment, Female Genital Mutilation, Honor Based Abuse and Forced Marriage is also a form of Domestic Abuse.

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One Minute Guides
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    Controlling and Coercive behaviour is a pattern of behaviour which aims to strip away the victim’s sense of self, their freedoms and choice. It is a common tactic used by perpetrators of domestic abuse but can often be difficult to identify by both the victim and professional.

    To read more about the legal implications, procedures and how to support victims of domestic abuse, visit this one minute guide here.

  • Text link image Domestic Homicide Reviews
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    DHR’s are part of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 and became law in April 2011. This one minute guide explores what a Domestic Homicide Review is, including its purpose, process, and timescales.

    To read more please visit this one minute guide here.

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Access support for Domestic Abuse

There are many local and national organisations that help support people around Domestic Abuse issues. Take a look at some of the links below to access training, resources, helplines, further information, injunctions and more.

  • IDAS – a specialist charity in the North who offer support for all victims of DA, training and women’s refuges.
  • NCDV – offer a free emergency injuction for victims of DA, referral guidance and training opportunities.
  • Mind – offer support options to victims of any type of abuse.
  • Women’s Aid – helping women to leave their relationships safely.
  • OPOKA – help women and children in the Polish community improve health, well-being, financial stability, and happiness by stopping domestic abuse, also offer safehouses and workshops as well as training
  • RASAC – Women only safe spaces, offering therapeutic and advisory services for people, aged 13+, who have experienced rape, sexual and domestic abuse, at any time in their lives, living in Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield.
  • – Offer support for survivors of Domestic Abuse. From resources to support groups to coaching.
  • Wakefield Well Women centre – provides mental health, emotional and practical support in a women only space. Supporting women of 16 and above to provide a holistic, non-medical approach to helping improve women’s mental health and well-being. Partners with Turning Point Talking Therapies.


The Learning Academy are hosting a Domestic Abuse Resource Event. With over 20 stalls in attendance, find resources, support and advice from charities/partners and professionals within the Wakefield District.

Held at the Chesney Centre, Featherstone, WF7 5EW (Room 1), on Wednesday 20 November 2024, drop in anytime between 09:30-13:30.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Learning Academy,

To access more resources on Domestic Abuse visit our Multi-Agency Training Page. Take me to the resources
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