The officer dealing with the incident will keep you updated on what's happening with the case. You'll be told when an offender is arrested, released or charged.
You might be contacted by a member of the Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit. They'll look at ways of planning your long-term safety.
The officer dealing with your case will focus on how they can make you safer and support you. Some of the options they can help to arrange are:
- alarms for the household
- lending of a mobile or emergency phone
- personal attack alarms
- Refuge – if you need emergency accommodation to stay safe and you're breaking contact completely with your partner/ex-partner/family.
- Support Services – If you would like support from other services, the police can arrange this for you by making a referral on your behalf. Alternatively, they may leave information and/or contact details for these services with you.
A Domestic Violence Protection Notice or order is a document given by a judge which can help protect you from an abusive situation. When the offender is arrested, the police can place a Domestic Violence Protection Notice on them. This means they can't return to your house for up to 28 days.
Domestic Violence Protection Notice factsheet
If you report domestic abuse to the police and children are involved, they may assess whether you and your family need further support by letting Children’s Services know. This is so Children’s Services can help protect you and your family from any future abuse.