Domestic abuse is a crime that cuts across all social, cultural and religious boundaries
Nationally, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives as will 1 in 6 men - with the police receiving a call about domestic abuse every minute in the UK. 2 women are murdered every week in England and Wales at the hands of their partners or ex-partners.
Lincolnshire Police actively encourages the reporting of domestic abuse and will take all such reports seriously and works with a number of partner agencies to address domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse is a crime that cuts across all social, cultural and religious boundaries. It has far reaching consequences for victims, witnesses, their families and the wider community. Domestic abuse can affect everyone - together we can stop it in Lincolnshire.
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
- This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse: psychological, physical, sexual, financial and/or emotional.
- Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
- Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.”*
- *This definition includes so called 'Honour’ Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Forced Marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
Domestic abuse can take place anywhere, not just in the home. Research has shown that it is rarely a one-off event. Abuse tends to happen more and more over time - each time getting more serious. Whatever the extent of the violence, the abuse almost always leaves those suffering it to feel frightened, isolated, humiliated or ashamed.
If you suffer from or witness any form of domestic abuse, please report it.
Contact your local police station or dial 999 if you want to report domestic abuse.
If you or your children are in immediate danger dial 999.
The safety of you and your children will be our priority. The police now follow a clear and consistent policy in cases of domestic abuse, and we are there to help you. There are criminal and civil law options that can be discussed and progressed with you.
Lincolnshire Police is pro-active and committed to holding domestic abuse offenders accountable and will arrest given reasonable grounds.
The police are no longer reliant upon the victim's statement to do this and will pursue domestic abusers independently.
Lincolnshire Police treats domestic abuse seriously. If you call the police for help you can expect us to treat the incident as a potential crime and provide you with the following help.
- Get to the scene as soon as possible
- Protect all people present from injury or further harm
- Speak to you individually away from the offender
- Organise medical assistance if required
- Obtain an account from you or anyone who may have witnessed the incident independently, in a place where the abuser cannot overhear
- Preserve and record evidence. This may mean taking photographs of any injuries
- Explain what will happen next
- Provide you with a crime or log number and the details of the officer(s) attending
- Make sure you are safe in your home. If this is not possible officers may discuss the possibility of you going to another place of safety e.g. friends house or refuge
- Take positive action. The police have a duty to do all they can to keep people safe
- If officers are concerned about a child who may have seen the incident or normally lives at the address, they may refer them to other agencies to support the family
- The police officer may take the decision to arrest the perpetrator whether or not a complaint is made (i.e. even if you decide not to take further action
- The Crown Prosecution Service will talk to the police and decide whether the matter should be taken to court or not. Bail conditions may be applied where appropriate
- Staff from Witness Care Units will keep you informed of the prosecution process and specialist Domestic abuse Officers can provide advice and guidance on court familiarisation, help from other agencies, after care and support.
Specially trained Domestic Abuse Officers (DAO's) are located throughout the county. Lincolnshire Police provides comprehensive support to victims and witnesses of domestic abuse and will help introduce other agencies that can assist in cases.