Support for victims

Are you a victim of domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality or social background. Are you experiencing any of the following:

  • Is your partner jealous and possessive?
  • Are they charming one minute and abusive the next?
  • Do they tell you what to wear, where to go and who to see?
  • Do they play mind games with you and make you doubt your judgement?
  • Do they control your money and financial situation?
  • Do they pressure you into having sex when you don’t want to?
  • Are you constantly walking on eggshells to avoid making them angry?
  • Do they monitor or track your movements, messages, emails and social media accounts?
  • Do they use anger and intimidation to control you?

If you answered yes to any, or many of the questions above, then the chances are you’re a victim of domestic abuse. Humberside Police and our service partners are here to support you through this often frightening and challenging time.

If you are in immediate danger call 999. Alternatively call 101 to report an incident.

Victimless prosecution

A victimless prosecution is where the police are able to pursue an investigation without the victim being involved.

There  are certain factors that have to be considered when deliberating the appropriateness of a victimless prosecution. This includes:

  • Circumstances of which the harm occurred
  • Seriousness of harm
  • Victims perspective
  • Public interest

It can be an extremely daunting time for a victim to seek help or report their partner for being an abuser. We work with victims to offer help and support accordingly. It is ultimately our responsibility to assess the risk to the public and the potential outcome of serious harm reoccurring. If we believe it’s necessary and in the victim’s best interest we would proceed with an investigation without any support and evidence from the victim themselves. The evidence used would come from other sources including witnesses, medical professionals, police and other relevant professionals.

Each case of domestic abuse is different and treated individually - there is no “one size fits all” rule when pursuing a victimless prosecution.

There are many other ways in which we can offer support to victims as a police service, for example:

Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN): This is where a suspect is sent a letter by the police and they subsequently go to court. A magistrate will then decide if an “order” is granted and this keeps the offender away from the victim for 28 days. If this order is breached then the suspect can go to prison. These protection notices are very successful and the breaches are taken very seriously. DVPN’s are considered when there is not enough evidence to make a direct charge but there is a threat to the victim.

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (Claire’s Law): This is where a person has the “Right to Ask'' and the “Right to Know” about their partners past in relation to violence, including domestic abuse and breaches of orders. The “Right to Know” is generally called upon in order to safeguard a partner and their children. Although the name may suggest this is aimed solely at female victims, it also applies to male victims of domestic abuse. In the past 12 months alone, Humberside Police have received 545 “Right To Know”/”Right To Ask” applications.

Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA): These are professionals who are independent from the police but work very closely with us and domestic abuse partners. They offer practical and emotional support during an on-going investigation and at court. An IDVA will work with a victim and offer them support in all areas of domestic abuse, from fleeing a violent relationship to helping them whilst they remain in a relationship.

Special Domestic Violence Courts: These are not necessarily separate courts but provide a service especially for domestic abuse victims. This includes making different entry and exits points and waiting rooms accessible so the victim does not need to see the defendant at court.

Stalking Protection Order (SPO): An SPO is another order granted at court to protect the victim. This is a fairly new legislation and Humberside Police’s specialist domestic abuse team are working closely with the legal department to develop more training around this.  

You can find links to other support services for victims here: