Police: This covers Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria areas.
In an emergency always dial 999 for immediate help, at other times dial 101 and ask for the crime desk
National Domestic Violence Helpline: Freephone 0808 2000 247
Ran by the Refuge and Women’s Aid (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
ChildLine: Telephone ChildLine free (the number doesn’t show up on phone bills) on 0800 11 11.
This is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything- no problem is too big or too small. www.childline.org.uk
Victims First Northumbria: Telephone 0800 011 3116
Provides victims of crime, including domestic abuse with support and advice to help them recover. www.victimsfirstnorthumbria.org.uk
Durham and Cleveland Victim Support: Telephone Victim Care and Advice Service on 0303 040 1099 or if you need support outside of our open hours, call our Support line for free on 08 08 16 89 111.
If you’ve been affected by crime, advice and support is available. Lines are open 9am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday. This service is run by Safe in Tees Valley. Victim Support does not run this service
The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC): Telephone 0191 221 9222
Is a place where victims can receive help and advice and a forensic examination if they have been sexually assaulted or raped. REACH (rape examination, advice, counselling and help) is the name of the SARC which covers Northumbria for men and women aged 16 and over. Visits are strictly by appointment only. www.reachsarc.org.uk
Someone Cares: Telephone 0191 2578094
Providing free confidential counselling support for males and females (11 years and over) who have experienced any kind of abuse including domestic abuse. They specialise in providing counselling support to victim/survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual violence in the North East region.
Broken Rainbow National Helpline – LGBT: Telephone 0300 999 5428
Provides services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people who are experiencing domestic abuse. www.broken-rainbow.org.uk
Respect- Support for perpetrators of Domestic Abuse: Telephone on 0808 802 4040
Confidential information and advice to help perpetrators stop their violence and change their abusive behaviours. www.respectphoneline.org.uk
Women’s Aid: Telephone on 0808 2000 247
The national 24hour domestic violence helpline.
The Hideout: www.thehideout.org.uk
Women’s Aid has created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse and how to take positive action.
Victim Support (National): Telephone on 0845 303 0900
Victims do not have to contact the police to access the service. Any advice/support will be totally confidential.
MALE: Telephone on 0808 801 0327
A confidential helpline to support male victims of domestic abuse. www.mensadviceline.org.uk
ManKind: Telephone on 01823 334244
A confidential helpline is available for all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner). www.mankind.org.uk
Harbour MEN: we can help just call 03000 20 25 25 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or text ‘Harbour’, with your message to: 60777. www.myharbour.org.uk
Harbour – The Freedom Programme: we can help just call 03000 20 25 25 or email us on email@example.com or text ‘Harbour’, with your message to: 60777
The Freedom Programme is a free 12 week programme that will help you to understand the beliefs held by abusive men and the effects of abuse upon children. The Harbour Freedom Programme takes place weekly in local areas.
National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV): Freephone 0800 970 20 70 or text “NCDV” to 60777
NCDV provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic abuse regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation. The service allows anyone to apply for an injunction within 24 hours of the first contact (in most circumstances). NCDV work in close partnership with the police, local firms of solicitors and other support agencies (Refuge, Women’s Aid etc.) to help survivors obtain speedy protection.
Foundation: Telephone 0300 456 22 14
Foundation is a social inclusion charity that believes in empowering people to make changes in their lives. Our services encompass a range of services across the north of England. We work throughout Redcar and Cleveland offering support and advice relating to Domestic and Sexual violence, which can be physical, emotional, sexual, financial or psychological. We support women and children in a safe and secure refuge where women have self-contained flats furnished to a high standard. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Stalking Helpline: Telephone: 0808 802 0300
The national stalking network has been established by Network for Surviving Stalking, Protection against Stalking and the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. It is the first national helpline to specialise in providing information and advice to victims of harassment and stalking as well as their friends and family.. www.stalkinghelpline.org
Clare's Law - the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, known as Clare's Law gives you a formal mechanism to make inquiries:
- if you are concerned that your partner may pose a risk to you
- if you're concerned that the partner of a member of your family or a friend may pose a risk to that individual.
The scheme allows the police to disclose information about a partner's previous history of domestic violence or violent acts. To find out more about Clare's Law and information on how to make an application visit Clare's Law - the domestic violence disclosure scheme.
Operation Compass: Contact: email@example.com
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information-sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school's trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child. Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child's day better and giving them a better tomorrow.
Forced Marriage Unit: Telephone 020 7008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is raising awareness about forced marriage across the public sector. We provide expert advice to professionals, especially those confronted by forced marriage for the first time.
Choices Forced Marriage Helpline: 08005 999 365
A helpline, established by Cleveland Police, now includes Northumbria Police and Durham Constabulary and consists of specially trained staff. Advice/support can be obtained in relation to forced marriage and honour-based violence. You have the right to choose. If you or someone you know is being forced into a marriage or is a victim of honour-based violence.
Domestic Abuse and Young People:
For information on keeping children safe and identifying the signs of domestic abuse visit the NSPCC website.
- Disrespect Nobody: https://www.disrespectnobody.co.uk/
- Refuge: https://www.refuge.org.uk/
- Safe Lives: http://www.safelives.org.uk/
- National Centre for Domestic Violence: www.ncdv.org.uk
- Solace Women’s Aid: http://solacewomensaid.org/
- Woman’s Trust: http://www.womanstrust.org.uk/
- Southall Black Sisters: http://www.southallblacksisters.org.uk/
- Action on Elder Abuse: http://www.elderabuse.org.uk/