Keeping safe and protecting your family and friends

Find further information about how to protect yourself, members of your family, friends or neighbours from being victims of abuse.


Some forms of bullying are illegal and should be reported to the police. These include violence or assault, repeated harassment or intimidation, theft and hate crimes. Call 101 to report these matters, or if you are at immediate risk, dial 999 and ask for the police.

Other forms of bullying are not police matters, but there are many charities and organisations that can help and support you. Find out more about bullying.

Child Sexual Exploitation

Sexual exploitation is a form of abuse where young people are forced or manipulated into sexual activity. The abuser may groom the young person into trusting them – this can be done face-to-face or online. The abuser then exploits this trust for their own gain.

Child sexual exploitation can take many forms and victims and criminals can be from any social or ethnic background.

Sometimes criminals may get the young person to engage in sexual activity by giving them attention, treats, alcohol, drugs or a place to stay; sometimes they may manipulate the young person into believing they are in a consensual relationship and that they love them. Either way, the young person is being taken advantage of through this controlling behaviour, facing huge damage to their physical, emotional and psychological health. Find out more about child sexual exploitation and how to seek help.

Domestic Abuse

If you are a victim of Domestic Abuse (Domestic Violence), go to a safe place and call us on 101. Our operators will handle your call with compassion and care.

If you know someone who is suffering and needs help, ask them to call us on 101 and we will help them.

There is further information on our Domestic Abuse webpage, with telephone numbers of people who can help and support you.

Drugs & alcohol related offences

If someone is dependent on drugs and alcohol it can make them vulnerable and put them and their family members at risk.

Drug and alcohol addiction can lead to unpredictable lifestyles and risky decisions. It’s also associated with increased criminal activity, domestic abuse and mental and physical health problems.

An area of concern for Humberside Police currently centres around the issue of cannabis edibles. Cannabis edibles are a fairly new drug, generally aimed at young people/ teenagers. They come in the form of sweets, chocolates and drinks and are often well disguised and extremely strong with mood altering qualities and potentially fatal side effects. To learn more, and download our information and guide, please click here.

Frank drugs helpline: 0300 123 6600

Alcohol support:

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an extremely harmful practice with devastating health consequences for girls and women. FGM is the mutilation of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is also sometimes known as female circumcision or ‘sunna’. Find out more about female genital mutilation.

Forced Marriage

The definition of a forced marriage is 'a marriage conducted without the valid consent of one or both parties, where duress is a factor'. Find out more about forced marriage.

Hate Crime

Any incident where a person is targeted because of who they are is a hate crime.

Whether the attack is verbal or physical, or targeted at a person or property, it is illegal and should be reported.

If you or someone you know that has been targeted, or you witness a hate crime taking place, call 101 or visit our dedicated web page to fill out a form and find more information about hate crime. In an emergency, please call 999.

Internet Sexual Offences

Under section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978, it is an offence to possess indecent photographs of children. The viewing and making of indecent images causes real harm to real children, and viewing sexual images of anyone under the age of 18 is a crime. We will prosecute those who commit this offence; being caught viewing indecent images of children may also affect the offender's relationship, access to their children and their job.

Officers in Humberside Police’s Internet Sex Offenders Team (ISOT) work tirelessly to investigate internet sex offences, with the ultimate aim of protecting victims, catching offenders and preventing further offences. Find out more about our work to investigate and protect against internet sexual offences, and how to report suspected ISOs.

Modern Slavery

Slavery is an umbrella term for activities involved when one person obtains or holds another person in compelled service. Slavery and trafficking is a growing cause for concern across the entire Humber region. Find out more about modern slavery.

Protecting the Elderly in their Homes

Frequently, older residents report that they have felt intimidated or threatened by cold callers and door step sellers.

There are many types of doorstep scams. Some of the most common scams include:

  • Rogue traders: A cold-caller may offer a service you don’t really need. They may claim to have noticed something about your property that needs work or improvement, and offer to fix it at an inflated price.
  • Bogus officials: A scammer may claim to be from your utility company as a way of gaining access to your home. Always ask to check their ID; if they're genuine, they won't mind.
  • Fake charity collections: A fraudster may pretend they're from a charity and ask you to donate money, clothes or household goods. All legitimate charities have a charity number that can be checked on the Charity Commission website.  
  • Made-up consumer surveys: Some scammers ask you to complete a survey so they can get hold of your personal details, or use it as a cover for persuading you to buy something you don’t want or need.
  • Hard luck stories: Someone may come to your door and ask you to help them out with cash, to use your telephone or claim they're feeling unwell.

We advise that you don't open the door to strangers, or to anyone who cannot provide valid ID. Avoid buying goods from doorstep sellers - the quality of the goods cannot be guaranteed and if there's a problem with the item, it's likely you'll have no means of obtaining a refund.

Further advice about doorstep sellers can be found on Age UK's website.