What can I do if I'm affected?
1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime - many of these on a number of occasions.
Can you answer yes to any of these questions?
- Does your partner demand to know where you have been or what you have been doing, even asking for receipts?
- Are you afraid of your partner?
- Does your partner hit, punch, shove, slap, kick, bite, spit or threaten you with these actions?
- Does your partner constantly criticise your abilities as a spouse, partner, parent or employee?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above then you may be in an abusive relationship.
If you are in immediate danger, phone 999 and ask for the Police.
South Tyneside Homes tenants can contact housing staff who will listen to you and let you know where to go for help and support. You can contact South Tyneside Homes by visiting any housing office, or by calling 0300 123 6633 (Monday - Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm) or call 0191 455 6111 outside office hours. Further details can be found on their website www.southtynesidehomes.org.uk
The council's housing options service also provides help and advice to those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or are unable to remain in their current home. You can contact them on 0300 123 6633 (Monday - Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm and Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm)
South Tyneside's Women's Refuge (Places for People) offers help and support as well as providing safe, temporary and emergency accommodation to women and children suffering from domestic violence. You can contact them on 0191 454 8257 (24 hour service).
The Options service offers confidential and non-judgemental advice, support and information. You can contact them on 0191 456 7577.
South Tyneside Victim Support can offer help and support to victims of domestic violence. You can contact them on 0191 477 8395.
Women's Health in South Tyneside (WHiST) have experienced counsellors and therapists that can provide confidential, individual and group support in a safe, women only environment. You can contact the on 0191 454 6959.
Our domestic violence directory has details of many other agencies that can help you in total confidence.
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Perpetrators of domestic violence
There is support available for you through the South Tyneside Domestic Abuse Perpetrators Programme (STDAPP). You can contact them on 0191 454 5335 or by visiting www.stdapp.org.uk.
You can also contact Respect, the National Association for Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programmes and Associated Support Services, on 0808 802 4040.
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