According to the NHS Choices website, domestic violence is officially classified as "any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship together, or between family members, regardless of gender or sexuality".
People think of domestic violence as hitting, slapping and beating, but it can also include emotional abuse as well as forced marriage and so-called "honour crimes".
It is abuse if your partner or a family member:
- threatens you
- shoves or pushes you
- makes you fear for your physical safety
- puts you down, or attempts to undermine your self-esteem
- controls you, for example by stopping you seeing your friends and family
- is jealous and possessive, such as being suspicious of your friendships and conversations
- frightens you
- forces you to do things you do not want to do
For further information, please visit the NHS choices website.
For support, Independent Domestic Abuse Service who are based in York is here to help you. IDAS Helpline (8am - 11pm): 03000 110110
Alternatively, to access Welfare advice to discuss your situation in confidence, please arrange an appointment:
- E: email@example.com
- Ask for a Welfare appointment at the Student Information Desk in Holgate Student Centre T: 01904 876477
Report and Support
If you have experienced sexual harassment, sexual violence or domestic abuse you can find out what support is available to you, through our new online report and support site.
Through the report and support site, if you do decide to report you can do this either anonymously or to a YSJ welfare adviser who can contact you and talk through your options.