Help for victims of domestic abuse

Support is being offered to victims of domestic abuse.

The North Tyneside Domestic Abuse Partnership is supporting Domestic Abuse Awareness Week, from November 24 to 30, to highlight the issue of domestic abuse and encourage victims – men or women – to report problems they are experiencing.

Partners will host informal and confidential events and drop-in sessions across the borough, as well as working with young people in schools.

Last year in North Tyneside, there were 323 reported incidents of domestic abuse each month, equating to 3,875 cases across the year.

Around one in four women and one in six men are victims of domestic abuse at some point in their lives – and yet only 20 to 40 per cent of them report it.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Week ends with the annual ‘DIVA’ walk (‘Don’t Ignore Violence and Abuse’) on Sunday, November 30.

This brings together those who have left unhealthy relationships and those who have experienced, or are still suffering from, abuse. Support organisations including Acorns, Harbour and North Tyneside Council are also taking part.

Setting off at 11am from Tynemouth Priory, walkers will cover around 3.5 miles before finishing at Waves on The Links at Whitley Bay. Once they arrive, walkers will gather in one of its meeting rooms to share stories and poems about freedom from abusive or controlling relationships.

North Tyneside Council and its partners offer a wide range of practical and emotional help to those who may be experiencing domestic abuse.

Specialist advice and support is also available to children and young people who are affected.

Further information is available by calling Lesley Pyle on (0191) 643 7383, by emailing Lesley.pyle@northtyneside.gov.uk, or visiting www.northtyneside.gov.uk/domesticabuse