Domestic violence and abuse includes physical and sexual violence, verbal abuse, coercion and threats, emotional abuse, stalking and financial control, between intimate partners and family members, including adolescent to parent abuse. When carried out through social media, e-mail, text or phone messages it is known as technology-mediated violence and abuse. This can occur during or after a relationship has ended. It is now well documented that these behaviours might escalate in times of lockdown, constant physical proximity and emotional intensity.
Our practitioners Rachael Hill and Katy Scott sat down and had a Q&A discussion about Domestic abuse, you can view the video above to find out what they discussed.
Please see below details of organisations providing support for those experiencing domestic abuse.
WWiN-Wearside Women in Need
Provides accessible community-based services to women and children at risk of, or suffering, abuse.
Tel: 0191 416 3550
Outreach Services: 0191 565 8877
Helpline: 0800 066 5555 24 hr
Website Chat Service Hours: Monday to Friday 10am-12noon
Office Hours Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm; Friday 9am to 4.30pm
The North East SARC-support service provides 24 hour crisis intervention and support for anyone who has experienced a sexual offence, regardless of when the offence occurred or whether the incident was reported to the police or not. Crisis support workers will outline the options available and provide support throughout any subsequent process. The crisis workers will also provide help to gain access to local specialist service providers.
If you require help and support relating to a sexual offence, please call our 24/7 Crisis Support Service on 03333448283
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Flows is an independent legal support service available to help protect women against domestic abuse
Call between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Make sure you are safe before contacting us.
Phone: 0203 745 7707
Telephone: 999 in an emergency or when someone is in immediate danger
In non-emergency situations telephone 101, text 07786 200814 or use the online reporting form
If someone needs urgent police help through the 999 service but can’t speak, the Silent Solution system exists to help people who are unable to speak, but who genuinely need police assistance. The Northumbria Police website has advice and information on various issues relating to domestic abuse.
Victims First Northumbria
Offers free, confidential support and advice for anyone affected by crime living in the Tyne and Wear or Northumberland area. It doesn’t matter if the crime has been reported to the police or not, Victims First Northumbria are here to help you to cope, recover and move on positively
Telephone: 0800 011 3116 (Mon-Fri, 9am to5.30pm)
Text: 0786 495 9837 to request a call back (Mon-Fri, 9amto 4pm)
Live chat service available via the website (Mon-Fri, 9amto 4pm)
Freephone 24 hour national Domestic Abuse Helpline
Confidential support and information for female survivors of domestic abuse on a range of issues such as legal, housing, money and children
Telephone: 0808 2000 247
Live chat available online Mon-Fri, 3 pm to 6 pm
National Centre for Domestic Abuse
A free, fast emergency injunction service for survivors of domestic abuse regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.
Telephone: 0800 970 2070
Text: NCDV to 60777
National Stalking Helpline
Practical information, support and advice on risk, safety planning and legislation for victims of stalking, their friends, family and professionals working with victims
Telephone: 0808 802 0300 (Mon-Fri, 9.30 am to 4 pm except Wed, 1 pm to 4 pm)
Services for Males
Information and support for men who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse
Telephone: 0808 8010 327 (Mon-Fri, 9 am to 8 pm)
Email: email@example.com(Mon-Fri, 9 am to 8 pm, Sat-Sun, 10 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm)
Webchat available via the website
National domestic abuse helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans + survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and hate crime
Telephone: 0800 999 5428 (Mon Tue Fri, 10 am to 5 pm, Wed Thu, 10 am to 8 pm)
Live webchat also available via the website
A range of support services provided by trained professionals who are specialists in the field of male sexual violence. SurvivorsUK was established as a service for male survivors of rape and sexual violence, however they are an inclusive service and welcome anyone who identifies as male, trans, non-binary, has identified as male in the past, or anyone who feels that they are the right fit for them
Live online helpline available via the website (Mon-Sun, 12 pm to 8 pm)
Respect Helpline-Support for perpetrators of Domestic Abuse
A confidential helpline, email and webchat service for domestic abuse perpetrators and those supporting them. They support men and women who are using abuse in same-sex or heterosexual relationships.
Telephone: freephone 0808 8024040 (Mon-Fri,9amto 8pm)
Advice and support for Deaf adults and young people experiencing domestic abuse.
Telephone: 020 3947 2601
Text or WhatsApp/Facetime: 07970 350366Or text 88802 with the message 121SIGN
Muslim Women’s Network Helpline -
National specialist faith and culturally sensitive helpline offeringinformation, support and guidance for those who are suffering from or at risk of abuse or facing problems on a range of issues
Telephone: 0800 999 5786(Mon-Fri, 10am to 4pm)
Text: 07415 206 936Webchat available via the website
IKWRO-Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation
Advice and support for Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls living in the UK. Advice is available in Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic, Dari, Pashto, Turkish, and English on issues including honour” based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, separation and divorce, child custody, housing and benefits.
Telephone:0207 920 6460 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am to 5.30 pm)
Forced Marriage Unit
Contact the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) if you’re trying to stop a forced marriage or you need help leaving a marriage you’ve been forced into.
Telephone: 020 7008 0151
From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 0151
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Out of hours: 020 7008 1500 (ask for the Global Response Centre)
National helpline offering support to victims of forced marriage and honour based abuse. Honour crimes are not determined by age, faith, gender or sexuality, and Karma Nirvana work with all victims
Telephone: 0800 5999 247 (Mon-Fri, 9 am to 5 pm)
Jewish Women’s Aid
Telephone 0800 591203 supports Jewish women and children affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.