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'Clare's Law' in use across North East

Clare Wood was murdered by a former partner in 2009 Credit: Greater Manchester Police

More than 170 people in our region have applied to use the new Clare's Law in the first six months since it was introduced. The law allows people to find out from the police whether a new partner has a history of violence. The law is named after 36 year old Clare Wood who was murdered by an ex-boyfriend in 2009. Her father campaigned for the law to be introduced to allow people to research a new partner's history. Northumbria Police says 26 people have been given information about previous abuse under the new law, while Cleveland Police say 9 people in their force region have accessed information.

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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.

Bridget Phillipson MP: Domestic violence victims must see justice being done

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Domestic and Sexual Violence is taking evidence on how the justice system can be improved for victims of domestic violence.

The Labour MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, Bridget Phillipson, says the Group will be making recommendations to the Government.

You can see Helen Ford's interview with Bridget Phillipson on this month's Around The House (Thursday 21 November) here:

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.

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.

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