Domestic violence campaign

Police on Teesside are trying to raise awareness of domestic violence. More than 13,000 incidents were reported to police last year.

Cleveland Police Commissioner supports Teesside domestic abuse campaign

Four events will be held across the Teesside area to raise the profile of the campaign to support more victims of domestic abuse and violence.

The campaign, which is being launched on International Women's Day, has the support of Cleveland's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Barry Coppinger says despite funding cuts, tackling abuse remains a top priority.

Teesside charity offers support for domestic abuse victims

Police and other agencies across Teesside are using International Women's Day to raise awareness of the help and support on offer.

Among them, is the specialist charity Harbour Support Services, which operates a number of refuges in the region.

Harbour Support Services' Chief Executive Lesley Gibson spoke to ITV News about the importance of campaigns like this one in encouraging people to come forward.

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Domestic abuse campaign launched after rise in violence figures

Victims of domestic abuse are supporting a campaign to encourage more women to speak out.

Figures show two women in the UK are killed each week as a result of abuse.

Last year, 13, 281 incidents of domestic violence were reported to Cleveland Police alone - this is an 11% reduction on 2011.

52% of these crimes were detected and the offender was either given a caution or charged to court.

Detective Inspector Mike Cane, of Cleveland Police, spoke to ITV News about the rise in figures in the past few years.