Domestic abuse & sexual violence

Domestic abuse & sexual violence

Domestic abuse and sexual violence is a hidden harm suffered by many of our families in the county. It is hard to talk about and you may not know how to get the help you need. But remember:

  • This is not your fault
  • You should not live in fear
  • You are not alone – we are here to help

Contact us 

We have services to support you, your family, friends or work colleagues. Please do not suffer in silence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence please contact us immediately:

Ian Billham
Stratigic Community Safety Manager  Louise Stobbart
Parthnership Officer Safer Northumberland If you wish to safely make contact with an alternative support agency, please access the Northumberland Domestic Abuse Support website , a list of support services is also shown on the useful links section below.

Or contact the Northumbria Police on:
  • Emergency: 999 (call this number if you are in immediate danger or the offence has just occurred)
  • Non-emergency: 101 (this number will take you to the Northumbria police control room)
  • Visit the Northumbria Police website

Important information on internet history

If an abuser knows how to read your computer’s history or cache file, they may be able to see information you have viewed recently on the internet. To remain safe, clear the history and empty your cache file in your browser settings, and if possible use another computer or phone to access support.

Safer Northumberland Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership

Bringing together a wide range of agencies in Northumberland, the partnership provides services to those affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. 

What we do

The Safer Northumberland Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership tackle domestic abuse and sexual violence across Northumberland.

The current membership is open to statutory and non-statutory agencies whose work helps provide services to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, as well as their families and the perpetrators.

The group meets on a quarterly basis, reporting to the Safer Northumberland Partnership and includes representatives from:
  • Local Authority Children and Adult Safeguarding teams
  • Housing Services
  • Health
  • Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • Police
  • Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC)
  • National Probation Service (NPS)
  • Northumberland Fire and Rescue service (NFRS)
  • Northumberland Prison Service
  • Sure Start Children Centres
  • Action for Children - Children Centres
  • Barnados Children Centres
  • Representatives from the Voluntary and Community sectors who provide support services

Key issues in Northumberland

Nationally, 40 incidents of domestic abuse occur prior to an incident being formally reported to the police or other agencies. Each year in Northumberland, thousands of incidents of domestic abuse require a police and partnership response, with children present in many cases. Domestic abuse is too often a hidden harm, and we urge victims to come forward and get the help they deserve.

Aims and objectives

The objectives of the Safer Northumberland Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership are to:
  • ensure information and best practice is shared
  • develop and deliver an effective work plan
  • support service providers
  • assist in developing services for victims and families
  • provide guidance and support to the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) and the Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC)
  • consider and implement strategic initiatives

Useful links

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