Highlighting issue of domestic abuse

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Events are taking place in the borough as part of Domestic Abuse Awareness Week.

The week aims to highlight the issue and encourage victims to report problems.

Latest figures show that one in four women and one in six men are victims of domestic abuse at some point in their lives – but only 20 to 40 per cent report it.

Last year in North Tyneside there were around 320 reported incidents of domestic abuse each month, equating to more than 3,890 cases across the year.

The North Tyneside Domestic Abuse Partnership is supporting the international day for the elimination of violence against women and girls with a Domestic Abuse Awareness Week from Monday, November 25, to Sunday, December 1.

Informal and confidential events and drop-in sessions will be held across the borough, as well as work with young people in schools.

The week ends with a 3.5 mile ‘DIVA’ – Don’t Ignore Violence and Abuse – walk on December 1.

Walkers will set off at 11am from Tynemouth Priory and finish at the Rendezvous Café on the Links at Whitley Bay.

Once they arrive at the café the walkers will share stories and poems about freedom from abusive or controlling relationships.

To book a place on the walk email Lesley Pyle via lesley.pyle@northtyneside.gov.uk

Further information about domestic violence can be found at www.northtyneside.gov.uk/domesticabuse