If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness it is important that you seek advice and support as soon as possible.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Northumberland County Council’s Homelessness and Housing Options staff will only be providing telephone or email advice. All customer service centres are closed for face-to-face advice until further notice. This will help us all to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
We appreciate that this is a difficult time and that you will be concerned. Please be reassured that we will do our best to respond to your query as soon as we can. However, please bear with us at this time while we are experiencing additional pressures and there is some disruption to our service.
Please contact us at the earliest opportunity if you are at risk of losing your accommodation so that we can give you appropriate advice and assistance to try and prevent this from occurring.
Victims of domestic abuse
Domestic abuse is any incident of coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between those aged 16 years old or over who are or who have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.
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. This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic communities, such as so called 'honour based' violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse or violence the Homelessness and Housing Options Team (HOT) can find you emergency accommodation and provide help and advice, working with specialist services to ensure you receive the most appropriate support as quickly as possible.
In an emergency, phone 999 and ask for the Police
Homelessness and Housing Options Team offers a free, confidential advice to anyone who has housing problems. We aim to help people to keep their home or help them to find one that meets their needs. We can help you to understand the different options that are available in Northumberland to solve your housing problems.
There is a range of advice and support available in Northumberland. The HOT can help you, or the person you are working with, to understand the different options available to solve housing problems. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone regardless of gender or sexuality. We understand that it can be very difficult to take the first step to get help and if you prefer we can arrange for you to speak to someone who is a specific gender.
Phone: 0345 600 6400 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm including out of hours)
Website: www.northumberland.gov.uk/homelessnessand housing options
In person: At your local Customer Service Centre
You can also contact the the Domestic Abuse Support Service in Northumberland (DASSN) which is a fully integrated service with a single point of contact available 24 hours a day. Providing confidential, high quality specialist support and advice for women and men who are at risk of domestic abuse.
Advice about the services, including support with domestic abuse, can be accessed through the triage service by calling the confidential phone line available any time day or night.
If you have nowhere to go that night you can contact the emergency out of hours number (after 5.00pm or any time at a weekend): 0345 600 6400 (speak to the operator and ask for the Emergency Homeless Officer)
Duty to Refer
The Duty to Refer (DtR) is a duty on specified public authorities to refer service users who they think may be homeless or threatened with homelessness to local authorities homelessness/housing options teams. The service user must give consent, and can choose which authority to be referred to.
To register and make an online referral follow this link to the North East Duty to Refer site, alternativley download and complete the Duty to Refer form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Before making a referral a public body must have the consent of the individual to make the referral and consent to share their contact details with that authority. The individual should be asked to identify the housing authority in England they wish to be referred to.
Which public authorities are subject to the new DtR?
The public authorities which are subject to the new DtR include: prisons; youth offender institutions; secure training centres; secure colleges; youth offending teams; probation services (including community rehabilitation companies); Jobcentre Plus; social service authorities; emergency departments; urgent treatment centres; hospitals in their function of providing inpatient care; and the Secretary of State for Defence is also subject to the duty to refer in relation to members of the regular forces which are the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the regular army and the Royal Air Force.
It is a crime for your landlord to harass you or try to force you out of a property without using proper procedures. If your landlord is using illegal practices of eviction and/or harassment, please contact us for advice and assistance:
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