Support for domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, bullying, threatening, or violent behaviour, by a partner, ex-partner, or any family member.

Domestic abuse isn’t just physical violence –it can be emotional, physical, sexual, economic, and psychological abuse.

Help and support is available

If you are experiencing domestic and/or sexual abuse there is help support available across the Bradford District.

Whether you are a victim, someone who is being abusive and wants to change, a friend or a family member or a professional supporting families you can visit:

Bradford domestic and sexual violence website


What are the signs of abuse?

Emotional abuse

Does the person abusing you:

  • belittle you, or put you down?
  • blame you for the abuse or arguments?
  • deny that abuse is happening, or play it down?
  • isolate you from your family and friends?
  • stop you going to college or work?
  • make unreasonable demands for your attention?
  • accuse you of flirting or having affairs?
  • tell you what to wear, who to see, where to go, and what to think?
  • control your money, or not give you enough to buy food or other essential things?

Threats and intimidation

Does the person abusing you:

  • threaten to hurt or kill you?
  • destroy things that belong to you?
  • stand over you, invade your personal space?
  • threaten to kill themselves or the children?
  • read your emails, texts or letters?
  • harass or follow you?

Physical abuse

The person abusing you may hurt you in a number of ways:

  • slap, hit or punch you?
  • push or shove you?
  • bite or kick you?
  • burn you?
  • choke you or hold you down?
  • throw things?

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse can happen to anyone, whether they’re male or female. does the person abusing you:

  • touch you in a way you don’t want to be touched?
  • make unwanted sexual demands?
  • hurt you during sex?
  • pressure you to have unsafe sex – for example, not using a condom?
  • pressure you to have sex?

For more information:

Easy Read Domestic abuse and how to get help

Safe Spot

Safe Spot is a district-wide programme which offers a place where you can have access to a private room and a phone so you can contact either local or national helplines for support, or to speak confidentially to your family and friends.

Visit the Bradford Domestic and Sexual Violence website to find a safe spot where you need it.

Did you know

That we have a free programme for women over the age of 16 who might be in or recovering from an abusive or controlling relationship.

The Freedom Programme helps women to gain self-esteem and the confidence to improve the quality of their lives. The programme helps women to:

  • make sense what is happening or has happened to them
  • recognise the characteristics and early warning signs of abusers and abusive relationships.
  • Understand how children are affected by being exposed to this kind of abuse and very importantly how their lives are improved when the abuse is removed.

To find out more visit and hear the amazing feedback from women who have been on this programme visit:

Parenting Programmes for Families