Help and support

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

  • Recognise that it is happening to you - domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour. Some abusers are sorry for their actions and persuade their partners that the abuse won’t happen again, but the violence usually gets worse.
  • Accept that you are not to blame - it is not easy to accept that a loved one can behave so aggressively and because you can’t explain your partner's behaviour, you may assume that you are to blame. You are not. It is your abuser's behaviour that needs to change. There is no excuse.
  • Get help and support - the most important thing you can do is to tell someone you can trust. Never be afraid to ask for help and remember in an emergency always call 999.

Non-emergency advice and support:

Call Staying Put for support in the Bradford District - whether you are male or female.

If you are a man who is suffering Domestic Abuse you can also access support from Men Standing Up in Bradford. "Ben's Place" at Survivors West Yorkshire offers support for men who have suffered Sexual Abuse.

To report domestic or sexual abuse that has already occurred you can call West Yorkshire Police on 101. 

24 hour advice is available on the National Domestic Violence Helpline - 0808 2000 247.

If you are being forced to marry against your will, or are suffering abuse on the grounds of protecting your family's 'honour', Karma Nirvana's Helpline can provide useful advice and support. The Forced Marriage Unit can act to prevent Forced Marriages from taking place.

If you have experienced Rape or Sexual Assault advice and support is offered by Bradford Rape Crisis on 01274 308270.

If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger always call 999.

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice is a victim-focused approach that empowers victims of crime by giving them the opportunity to communicate with the person responsible. It can also help reduce re-offending. For more information please visit the Restorative Justice West Yorkshire website or call 0800 783 1550.