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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Many areas dry over the next few days with variable cloud and cooler airflow
A dry day with bright or sunny spells. Rain comes through overnight into Sunday morning, before drier yet fresher weather develops
A look ahead at the forecast for the Tyne Tees region.