Domestic Abuse

This crime can have a devastating effect on individuals and wider families. We are here to help anyone suffering domestic abuse and are committed to bringing offenders to justice. We work closely with our partner organisations to provide help, support and guidance to those in need.

  • What is Domestic Abuse?

    Domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour or violence between people in an intimate or family-type relationship.

  • Domestic Abuse Behaviours

    Domestic abuse can include a range of behaviours, such as physical abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse and sexual violence.

  • What can I do?

    Some advice on how to take positive action to change the situation.

  • Who Can Help Me?

    We are here to protect, help and support anybody who is suffering domestic abuse.


    Domestic Violence and Abuse Disclosure Scheme. From 26 March 2018 the Police Service of Northern Ireland will operate a domestic violence and Abuse Disclosure scheme.

  • What Should I Do Scenarios

    Helping you take practical steps to be safe and secure.

  • LGBT Community

    Research shows that 1 in 4 LGBT people may experience domestic abuse.

  • Honour Based Violence

    Honour based violence is a violent crime or incident which may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family or community.

  • Safe Place Campaign

    Safe Place is an initiative which provides support in a range of settings for people requiring information on domestic violence.

  • Are you an abuser?

    How you can recognise abusive behaviour and take steps to stop.

  • Emergency Plan

    Some information to help you plan for an emergency.

  • Covering Your Tracks Online

    Some step-by-step guidance on how to delete your browsing history and read our advice in confidence.

  • Operation Encompass

    Operation Encompass is a partnership between the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Safeguarding Board Northern Ireland, the Education Authority and schools aimed at supporting children who witness domestic violence or abuse in the home.

  • Domestic Abuse and Civil Proceedings Act

    This legislation will support victims and provide police with a clear definition on what constitutes domestic abuse, with access to further tools to arrest and prosecute offenders and prevent harm.

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