Domestic Violence costs Newcastle City Council £33.6m a year
The city council deals with an average of 50 high-risk cases a month
Nationally only 24% of domestic violence cases are reported to the police
In Newcastle 83% of victims are women
The majority of offenders are male aged 20 to 24
Domestic Violence victim "Tom" on what happened to him and why it's important that people get help.
"Tom" knows what it's like to suffer at the hands of an abusive partner. The 38 year old took drastic steps when his girlfriend tried to stab him with a knife.
He reported her to the police and prosecuted her. Since then the couple have got their lives back on track and plan to get married.
Tom's been enlisted to help Newcastle City Council as it discusses a new report 'Tackling Domestic Violence'. The council spends more than £30m a year dealing with victims.
Tom will address a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. By speaking out he hopes to encourage more people to get help.
A report to be discussed by Newcastle City Council's Cabinet has revealed the extent of domestic violence in the city. It costs taxypayers more than £30m a year. The council sees more 'high-risk' victims than neighbouring councils, with an average of 50 cases a month. Up from 30 a month in 2007.