Victims of domestic violence and abuse are being assured that support is still available amid the ongoing Coronavirus shutdown.
There are concerns that calls to refuge centres have dropped during the outbreak as victims are in lockdown with their abusers and either cannot get time alone to report, or are concerned that support services are closed.
Middlesbrough abuse support charity My Sister's Place said it had half the normal number of requests last week.
The Harbour service in Hartlepool fears victims are living in a "pressure cooker" thinking services are closed.
Manager Danielle Chadwick said they might feel "they have no options, no support available".
Her service was "quite concerned that we haven't seen an increase so far", she said.
They are using other contact routes, such as social media, to make clear support was available.
"It's been described as a pressure cooker because not only is there is abuse present already but then we have the additional pressures of children not at school and everybody under one roof, lack of space, lack of social activities, mental health deteriorating," Ms Chadwick said.
Experts have already warned government isolation instructions are "likely" to cause a spike in cases.
While services are changing in response to Government guidance on social distancing, help is there for those in the greatest need.
Victims themselves, but also neighbours, friends or family members who are aware of someone at risk or who have concerns are being advised to report via phone or email to the following services which are still accepting referrals:
Support for adults affected by domestic abuse
Support can include: safety advice, securing your property, housing, finances and legal advice, support at Court, Refuge services, counselling, peer support groups.
My Sister’s Place: 01642 241864
Stockton & Hartlepool Area
Harbour(male and female): 03000 202525
Redcar & Cleveland Area
Foundation (male and female): 03004562214
Eva Women’s Aid: 01642 490677
All Cleveland Area – Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Service
Halo: 01642683045 or Freephone 08081 788
Tyneside, Northumberland and County Durham
Harbour Domestic Abuse Support Service: (0191) 251 3305 or 0300 0202 525 or visit www.myharbour.org.uk
Victims First Northumbria: 0800 011 3116
Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland: 0191 2220272
NIDAS (Newcastle Integrated Domestic Abuse Service): 01912146501
The Angelou Centre for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women: 01912260394
Domestic Violence Helpline (24 hours): 08082000247
Support for children affected by domestic abuse
Local services—support includes: group and 1-1 work using art, play therapy, drama and sport, covering behaviours and feelings, healthy relationships, safety, confidence building, dealing with anger.
Middlesbrough, Stockton & Hartlepool Area
Harbour– Children and Young Persons Service: 03000202525
Redcar and Cleveland Area
Eva Women’s Aid – Children’s Counselling Service: 01642490677
Acorns project: 0191 349 8366
Children North East: 0191 256 2444
Childline: 08001111 (www.childline.org.uk)
NSPCC: 0808800 500 (www.nspcc.org.uk)
Children’s Social Care numbers
Out of Hours Social Care Duty Team: 01642 524552
Newcastle: 0191 277 2500
North Tyneside: 0345 2000 109
Northumberland: 01670 536400
Gateshead: 0191 433 2653
Sunderland: 0191 561 7007
South Tyneside: 0191 424 5010
Durham: 03000 26 79 79