What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse takes many forms. If you are being controlled, threatened or physically assaulted by someone you live with (or used to live with) that is domestic abuse.
It is not always easy to talk about domestic abuse or to know what you want to happen. You may feel frightened, ashamed, confused and guilty.
All of that is understandable. It can happen to anyone and any kind of relationship. But you have a right to live free from fear and are not to blame for someone else's violence and abuse.
Support for children and young people
Operation Encompass has been launched in North Tyneside to safeguard and support children and young people who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident.
North Tyneside Council and Northumbria Police are working with all schools in North Tyneside to make sure that school staff are made aware of an incident early enough to support children and young people.
Schools across North Tyneside will nominate two members of staff who will be known as Key Adults and receive specific training.
For more information, please visit www.operationencompass.org or contact your local school.
Local information and support
NT Harbour Domestic Abuse Support Service
Provides refuge accommodation for women, outreach for male and female over 16 years old, an IDVA service and group work. Access to the service is 24hrs a day by telephone with face-t-face contact between the hours of 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 4pm Saturday. Telephone (0191) 251 3305, 0300 0202 525 or visit www.myharbour.org.uk
Counselling, support and advice for children and young people, aged 6 - 18years old, who have witnessed domestic abuse. Telephone (0191) 349 8366 (office hours only) or visit www.acornsproject.org.uk
Victims First Northumbria
Support and advice to victims of crime throughout Northumbria. Telephone 0800 011 3116 or visit www.victimsfirstnorthumbria.org.uk
The police can take action against an abuser and give advice on home security and other matters. In an emergency ring 999, at other times ring 101 and ask for the crime desk or visit www.northumbria.police.uk
For housing advice and help with re-housing contact a customer service centre in person or by phone during office hours. You can ask for an appointment to see either a female or male officer in private if you wish. For emergency accommodation (out of hours) telephone (0191) 200 6800.
The Domestic Abuse Partnership
Aims to raise awareness and understanding of domestic abuse. Telephone (0191) 643 7383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland
For women who need to talk to someone about rape or sexual abuse. Telephone (0191) 222 0272 (General enquires and referrals), email email@example.com or visit www.rctn.org.uk
National information and support
National Centre for Domestic Violence
Telephone 0844 8044 999 or visit www.ncdv.org.uk.
Telephone 0808 2000 247 (free phone 24 hour helpline) or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.
The Men's Advice Line
Telephone 0808 801 0327 or visit www.mensadviceline.org.uk.
Information and advice for people who are abusive towards their partners. Telephone 0808 802 4040 or visit www.respectphoneline.org.uk.
Broken Rainbow Helpline
Information and signposting to services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence. Telephone 0800 999 5428.
Forced Marriage Unit
Telephone 0207 008 0151 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm) or 020 7008 1500 (Out of hours, ask for the Global Response Centre).
The charity Women’s Aid created www.thehideout.org.uk because children and young people said they wanted more information about domestic violence that’s easy to read and understand.
Domestic abuse and young people
For information on keeping children safe and identifying the signs of domestic abuse visit the NSPCC website.
Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services (NDAS), a Northumberland based independent charity has worked with Raw Productions, to produce a powerful and emotive film that focuses on young people’s struggles with coercive and controlling relationships.
The film highlights the dangers of emotional abuse in teenage relationships. Too many young people are coerced into controlling relationships by their partners, who use their power to emotionally control every aspect of their lives.
Domestic abuse against parents
It is shocking when you are abused by your own child. Both boys and girls may use threatening behaviour, insult or swear at you, damage your home and physically hurt you or other brothers and sisters.
Your teenager may feel they can do this because they have seen a parent act in this way and think that they can get away with it because nothing has been done to stop such behaviour in the past. They may not feel that there are ways of dealing with problems other than through violence. The influence of friends, alcohol and drugs can all play a part in the way your teenager reacts to situations. Stress in other areas of their lives - at school or with friends may be affecting them and leading them to hit out at you.
For further information and advice on domestic abuse against parents visit the Family Lives website.
Information for professionals and agencies
North Tyneside has a well established Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) process.
Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference’s (MARAC) are recognised nationally as best practice for addressing cases of domestic abuse that are categorised as high risk. A MARAC allows agencies to identify the high risk domestic abuse cases and for the identified risk to be managed through a multi-agency forum.
Further information can be found at www.safelives.org.uk.
North Tyneside Domestic Abuse Partnership
The partnership coordinates strategy and resources to afford protection, provision and prevention for people exposed to domestic abuse in North Tyneside. Our Action plan sets out the agreed priorities for the coming year.
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