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Domestic Violence Services (Keighley) is a registered charity providing support services for both Women and Men who have or are currently suffering from domestic abuse. Our service covers the Airedale & Bradford North Police Division.

What is Domestic Abuse?

Here is the definition of Domestic Abuse according to the Home Office.

Domestic violence and abuse: new definition

The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:

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. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional


Controlling behaviour

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour

Coercive behaviour is 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.

This is not a legal definition.

For more information, please go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-violence-and-abuse#domestic-violence-and-abuse-new-definition

Can you relate to this?

Are you or have you experienced Domestic Abuse?

Do you feel like you can’t cope anymore?

Do you feel alone, threatened or that your decisions are being made for you?

Would you like help and support?

If you have answered yes to any of the above questions

Domestic Violence Services (Keighley) can help you.