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Councils Team Up for Domestic Abuse Awareness Week

Northumberland County Council is again teaming up with Newcastle City Council and North Tyneside Council for the annual Domestic Abuse Awareness Week – helping to make a stand against domestic abuse and encouraging people to report it.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Week runs from 25th November to 1st December 2018 and aims to highlight the issue of domestic abuse and encourage victims – men or women – to report problems they are experiencing. 

Around one in four women and one in six men are victims of domestic abuse at some point in their lives, but fewer than half report it.

In support of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence and Abuse Against Women and Girls (25 November), .Domestic Abuse Awareness Week starts that day with the annual ‘DIVA’ walk (‘Don’t Ignore Violence and Abuse’).  Setting off 11am from Tynemouth Priory, walkers will cover around 3.5 miles before finishing at Waves on The Links at Whitley Bay at approximately 12pm.  

A wide range of practical and emotional help is available to those who may be experiencing domestic abuse, from financial advice and help to find safe accommodation, to counselling and support groups. 

Advice and support is available in Northumberland from:
- Domestic Abuse Support Services Northumberland (DASSN) 01670 820199
- Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services (NDAS) 01434 608030
Always call 999 in an emergency.

Councillor Wayne Daley, Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Safeguarding, said: “We are nearing the Christmas period, which is a time for increased pressure and tension for families – both emotionally and financially - and this can sometimes create added pressure for those living in abusive relationships. 

“A wide range of support is available across Northumberland and our partnership agencies and local support services are encouraging people who suffer abuse, their family and friends to seek advice and support.”
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