How police respond to domestic abuse incidents


A Police Officer visiting a homeIf you are in danger, phone 999.

The following information will help to explain what you can expect from the police.

Making you safe

The police’s first priority is to protect you and your children. Police officers will come to you and take whatever action is needed to make you safe.

Officers will attend and make sure you can speak in confidence, about what is happening and any previous incidents, without your abuser being around.

Interpreters are available when needed.  Where possible they will be the same sex as the victim and officers will make sure the interpreter is not connected to the family of the victim or offender.

Taking appropriate action

Officers will take appropriate action at the scene of an incident, including arresting offenders where appropriate.

Those who are arrested will be interviewed and could be charged, remanded in custody or given bail with stringent conditions.

The victim’s opinions will be listened to at all times.

How can I hide my visits to websites?

You might be worried your abuser will find out you have visited domestic abuse web pages. If you are afraid of this, please read the following information which explains what you can do to increase your safety when using the internet.

The safest way to search for information on the internet is away from home - at a local library, a trusted friend's house or where you work.

It is possible for your abuser to find out which websites you have visited just by looking at your computer's history or cache file, which automatically saves web pages you’ve visited.

But you can prevent this from happening by clearing your history and emptying your cache file.  The following details will tell you how to do this.

Keep the instructions for the various systems which are on the website SS

How can I prevent my abuser accessing my emails?

Your abuser might be able to access your email account and if they can they will be able to see your incoming and outgoing mail.

To make sure your account is secure and to prevent your abuser doing this, set up an email account with a password your abuser cannot guess.

If your abuser knows your email address and sends you threatening or harassing emails, do not delete them, they can be printed and saved as evidence of abuse.

Advice in other languages

If you need advice in a language other than English you can download the Home Office publication 'Three Steps to escaping violence against Women and Girls' by selecting the relevant language on the left-hand side of this page.