New domestic violence strategy

Three of the North East's Police and Crime Commissioners have come together to launch a new domestic violence strategy for the whole of the North East

Violence against women and girls: where to get help

Police forces in the North East have joined forces to tackle violence against women, including domestic violence, stalking, and so-called 'honour' violence.

If you are affected by these or any forms of abuse, there are helplines in your area.

Northumbria

  • Women's Aid/Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Tyneside and Northumberland Rape Crisis Centre: 0800 035 2794
  • North East 'Choice' helpline for victims of honour-based violence and forced marriage: 0800 5999 365

Durham

  • Women's Aid/Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre (Darlington & Co. Durham): 01325 369933
  • North East 'Choice' helpline for victims of honour-based violence and forced marriage: 0800 5999 365

Cleveland

  • Women's Aid/Dom Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Eva Rape Crisis Service (Redcar & Cleveland): 01642 835 079
  • ARCH (Rape Crisis Centre Teesside - Middlesbrough, Stockton & Hartlepool): 01642 822335
  • North East 'Choice' helpline for victims of honour-based violence and forced marriage: 0800 5999 365

If you are in immediate danger, always call 999. For general victim support for domestic and sexual violence and abuse and any other crime call North East Victim Support: 0845 277 0977.

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Police combine forces to tackle violence against women

In the first project of its kind, three police forces are combining efforts to tackle violence against women.

Northumbria, Cleveland and Durham Police Crime Commissioners have drawn up a plan to support women and girls who are victims of violence or abuse.

Northumbria's Police Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, explains why the policy is necessary, while Stephanie Hewson, who has been a victim of violence, wholeheartedly supports it.

Domestic Violence strategy unveiled

"This strategy sets down in black and white exactly what we will be doing in the North East to ensure we are at the forefront of work to protect women and girls.

"These are real, measurable actions - it is not a vague wish list of what we'd like to see in the future. These priorities will happen and many are already underway."

– Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Regional domestic violence strategy

Vera Baird

The strategy contains pledges around:

  • Domestic and sexual violence and abuse

  • Human trafficking and sex work

  • Forced marriage and so-called honour crimes

  • Harassment and stalking

  • Female genital mutilation

Figures show that in the three north east forces alone over the past year there were over 4,800 violent crimes against women, including 109 serious sexual offences, 86 honour based violence incidents and eight cases of stalking - as well as 53,500 incidents of domestic violence.

New domestic violence strategy

The North East is the area in the country to have a regional strategy to tackle violence against women and girls.

The Police and Crime Commissioners for Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland have devised a 20-point plan to provide support and protect women against violence or abuse of any kind.

Northumbria's Vera Baird, Durham's Ron Hogg and Cleveland's Barry Coppinger launched the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy initiative today.

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