Are you always walking on eggshells? That's the question being asked by Northumbria Police, as they launch their Christmas campaign against abuse in the home.
Police say that when talking to people who've suffered domestic abuse, they commonly describe their daily situation as like 'walking on eggshells'; unable to carry out simple tasks without sparking the anger of their partners.
The force is hoping the campaign will raise awareness of all forms of domestic abuse and encourage victims to come forward for help. They are keen to stress that abuse can take many forms.
In the 12 months to the end of July 2012, 27,066 incidents involving domestic abuse were recorded by Northumbria Police but they say many crimes go unreported. According to Vera Baird, domestic abuse is often a 'silent crime'.
One place where help and support is available to women and their children is at a refuge. One woman, who escaped a violent partner, is urging others to consider this option.
Leaving the family home can be a daunting decision. The message, in the run up to Christmas and beyond, is that help is available for anyone forced to take that step.