Domestic Abuse

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Violence/abuse within a domestic setting is referred to as; domestic violence (also called domestic abuse), which may include one or more of the following forms: physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, reproductive and sexual abuse. The most prevalent type of domestic abuse occurs in relationships, but the definition of domestic abuse also covers abuse between family members, such as adolescent to parent violence and abuse. Domestic violence can also involve violence against children, parents, or the elderly. There are different kinds of abuse that can happen in different contexts, ranging from subtle, coercive forms (an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim) such as property damage, to marital rape and to violent physical abuse such as choking, beating, female genital mutilation (FGM), and acid throwing that results in disfigurement or death. Anyone can be a victim (or an abuser) of domestic violence, regardless of various characteristics comprising of: gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.

West Yorkshire Police use the following definition of domestic abuse: Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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.

“Research has shown that children who suffer or witness domestic abuse may be more likely to become drug users, struggle with their education, suffer health issues, become involved in crime, and that they too may have abusive relationships themselves”.

Source: West Yorkshire Police


  • Domestic Abuse is on the increase in the Wakefield district following a national trend seen since 2010

The Population

The Burden

The below table demonstrates the current position in Wakefield in relation to our Yorkshire and Humber neighbours across several of the homeless indicators. The rate for domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes in Wakefield is higher than the England average, when looking at both the current method and historical method.

Domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes

Current method 2016/17
Wakefield 26.6 per 1,000 population, compared with 22.5 per 1,000 population (+4.1 per 1,000).

Historic method 2014/15
Wakefield 22.7 per 1,000 population, compared with 20.4 per 1,000 population (+2.3 per 1,000).

You can click on the “trends” option below to explore the trends in the various measures.


Service Provision

West Yorkshire Police Contacts

Wakefield Council

NHS Domestic violence and abuse

West Yorkshire Police Advice: Domestic Abuse


Government Guidance – Domestic abuse: how to get help

Clare’s Law

Family Court Leaflet: Family Court Proceedings and The Impact of Domestic Abuse

Childrens’ Domestic Abuse