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Domestic abuse


Domestic abuse is a serious social and criminal problem resulting in devastating consequences for those affected. It is a pattern of behaviour built upon the misuse of power and control. There is no excuse for domestic abuse and the victim is never responsible for the abuser's behaviour.

Domestic Abuse is defined as:

“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional 

Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. 

Domestic abuse occurs in relationships regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, class, HIV status, nationality, and marital status, religious or political beliefs. However, these factors mean that victim/survivors may experience or fear discrimination across a range of areas.

We recognise that tackling domestic violence and abuse cannot be addressed by one single agency – and that it requires commitment and input from a wide range of organisations. 

The Domestic Abuse Executive Forum oversee the partnership’s work to tackle all forms of domestic abuse through the identification of emerging issues at the earliest possible opportunity and co-ordinating responses to changes in legislation to ensure the safety of people experiencing domestic violence and abuse in Gateshead. Members of the partnership include;

  • Northumbria Police
  • Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service
  • Gateshead Housing Company
  • Tyneside Women’s Health
  • Barnado’s
  • Clinical Commissioning Group
  • South Tyneside Foundation Trust
  • Oasis Aquila
  • Changing Lives
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Gateshead Council including;
    • Safer Communities Team
    • Referral and Assessment
    • Safeguarding and Care Planning
    • Housing Services
    • Youth Offending Team
    • Organisational Development

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Contact us

Safer Communities
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street

0191 433 3000 (during weekday normal office hours only, 8.30am - 5pm)