Safer Families, Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) service provides practical and emotional support to high risk victims of domestic abuse in Gateshead. We can help you find out what your options are including housing, safety and legal issues and put you in touch with other organisations that can help meet your needs, including refuge accommodation.
- Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of age, class, culture, race, religion, sexuality, gender, disability or diversity.
- Domestic abuse can be physical and sexual violence, intimidation, financial, psychological or emotional abuse.
Domestic abuse can describe a range of behaviours used by one person to control and dominate another person with whom they have had, or are in a close, intimate or family relationship. It may include abuse of men or women by their partner or ex-partners (including same sex relationships) or one family member to another.
We will not pressure you to take action but guide you through the process, enabling you to make an informed choice. You may first want to talk things through with someone who is unbiased and who will not make judgments. Should you want to pursue a prosecution, we can support you to report the incident as well as explain the court process.
What ever your needs are, you are welcome to use our free and confidential service.
For contact details of support agencies available view the domestic abuse directory (pdf, 403Kb).
In an emergency, call 999
In a crisis situation, the most important priority is your safety. If you are planning on leaving you may wish to consider taking the following with you:
- Drivers licence
- Children’s birth certificates
- Your birth certificate
- Rent book
- Benefit books
- Legal papers – such as mortgage papers, car registration/insurance papers, personal/home insurance, passport, marriage certificate, etc.