Research shows that people are most likely to talk to a friend or family member first if they are experiencing domestic abuse. In some circumstances, it may be that a neighbour or a work colleague is the only person who can see into the situation to offer any help or support.
This guidance will help if you are worried that someone may be at risk from an abusive partner or family member this guidance can help. We all have a role to play in keeping people safe from abuse and violence.
Some of the warning signs are as follows:
Many people will be reluctant to seek support, or they may confide in family members or friends in the first instance. Here are some things you can do if you are concerned or if someone close to you confides in you:
If you are worried about someone:
If someone close to you confides in you:
What else can I do?
There are some things that you should avoid doing if someone confides in you:
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) is often called ‘Clare’s Law’ after the domestic homicide of Clare Woods in 2009.
The aim of Clare’s Law is to help individuals make informed choices on whether to continue a relationship if their partner has a history of abuse. Support will be given to assist in these decisions.
Clare’s Law allows any individual the right to ask the police if they feel their partner may have a history of abuse which poses a risk to them. Any third party can also make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member.
Once a Clare’s Law application has been made, Police and partner agencies will carry out a range of checks. If these reveal a record of abusive offences, or suggest a risk of violence or abuse, the Police will consider sharing this information
If it is decided a disclosure should be made, this will only be made to the person at risk. The Police will not inform the person who requested the information.
Any disclosure will be made in person; for safety reasons the disclosure is not made in writing and no documentation will be given.
If you are concerned that someone is in immediate danger you should always dial 999. You can dial 101 in a non-emergency. If you would like to report anonymously you can contact Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.
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IDAS is the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.