Women seeking help for domestic abuse shouldn't be means tested, according to the regions's three police and crime commissioners.
They're urging people to sign an online petition to stop women's incomes being assessed if they ask for financial support or go to a refuge.
It follows a campaign run by the Middlesbrough based charity, My Sister's Place.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird spoke about her plans to encourage cooperation between services at the Enough conference in Ashington, Northumberland.
A conference is taking place in Northumberland today to discuss new ways of tackling domestic abuse.
More than 100 people from organisations which provide help and assistance for victims are attending the meeting in Ashington.
They will be looking at ways to improve the way they work together.
Organisers of a domestic abuse awareness conference, which is being held today (29th August), has 'doubled in size' because of unexpected public support. What was set to be a small conference has now attracted the interest of 150 delegates.
The “Enough” conference in Ashington, Northumberland, is being backed by Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner. Vera Baird will give a key speech about the issue. She says it is a priority in her future plan.
The event is been organised by The Safer Northumberland Partnership and Northumberland Safeguarding Children’s Board. (NSCB)
Survivors of Domestic Abuse (SODA) in Redcar has set up the area's first support group for male victims of domestic violence.
Lucy Taylor's interview with a domestic abuse victim starts with some violent scenes from Coronation Street, which you might find upsetting.
A charity on Teesside has set up the area's first support group for male victims of domestic violence. Survivors of Domestic Abuse (SODA) in Redcar said one in six men suffers abuse at the hands of a partner during his lifetime.
For more information the charity can be contacted on 01642 758849 or there is a 24-hour helpline on 07982 870 303.