Are you in immediate danger?
If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 999 straight away and ask for the police. If it is not safe for you to speak the police can still help you by using their 'Silent Solution'. Simply stay silent and press 55 when prompted.
Look out for the 'Ask for ANI' logo on display at some pharmacies as they can help you. They can provide a private space, a phone and ask you if you need support from the police or local services.
For non-emergencies, you can call Northumbria Police on 101.
Help and support
Need to talk? For advice and support, please contact our Domestic Abuse 24 hour helpline on 0191 433 3333.
You can also get lots of information from many national organisations. See below.
On this page
- Types of abuse
- Worried about a child
- Worried about a vulnerable adult
- Clare's Law - Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
- Support for abusive partners
- Other organisations providing help
- Referral form for professionals
Anyone can be affected by domestic abuse and it's important to understand the different kinds of abuse. Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual abuse)
- psychological and/or emotional abuse
- physical or sexual abuse
- financial abuse
- harassment and stalking
- online or digital abuse
- honour based abuse
- economic abuse
If you're worried about any of the above or would like to find out more about a situation, you or someone you know is in, then ring our helpline on 0191 433 3333 or contact any of the organisations listed below.
If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact our children's services, in confidence.
In an emergency always call 999.
If you think someone is at risk of abuse, neglect or domestic violence, you need to report it.
In an emergency always call 999.
Clare's Law is a national scheme that ensures people can make informed decisions about their relationship and escape if necessary. Clare's Law gives any member of the public the right to ask the police if their partner may pose a risk to them. Under Clare's Law, a member of the public can also make enquiries into the partner of a close friend or family member.
The domestic violence disclosure scheme is free and always 100% confidential. So if you're worried about your own relationship, or someone else's, ask police to check the record - you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
If you're worried about some of your behaviours and you want to take steps to change them, Gateshead Domestic Abuse Team also has a Behaviour Change Programme which works with abusive partners. The programme is available to those who wish to address their behaviour and develops individual's understanding of accountability, coercion, and the impact of abuse on partners and children, before developing their understanding of warning signs and sore points and how to de-escalate these.
The Respect Helpline also provides help for abusive partners to become safe around your partner and children, See: Help For Domestic Violence Perpetrators | Respect Phoneline UK
Codeword scheme - Ask for ANI If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need immediate help, ask for 'ANI' in a participating pharmacy.
www.refuge.org.uk national Domestic Abuse helpline, freephone 24 hour helpline 0808 2000 247
LGBT+ Domestic Abuse helpline 0800 999 5428, firstname.lastname@example.org
Men's Advice Line - for male victims and those supporting them, 0808 801 0327, email@example.com
Mankind Initiative male victims of domestic abuse can get confidential help, 0182 333 4244
Respect helpline, for anyone worried about their own behaviour, 0808 802 0321
Crimestoppers , if you see or hear domestic abuse or need support
Women's Aid information and support for women, a live chat service is available
Victim Support 24 hour support line, 0808 168 911
If you are worried about who would look after your dog The Dogs Trust may be able help. Call 0207 837 0006 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Visit GOV.UK for more advice and links to a wider range of support groups.
Visit Northumbria Police to find out about services available across the region.
Domestic Abuse Team
0191 433 3333
24 hour helpline