Help at hand for victims of domestic violence

Victims of domestic violence in South Tyneside are being reminded that help is still at hand throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

Coun Tracey Dixon. Picture by Stu Norton.
Coun Tracey Dixon. Picture by Stu Norton.

While the pandemic has impacted everyone’s day-to-day life, the number of calls for help from victims of domestic violence has rocketed across the country in recent weeks.

Coun Tracey Dixon, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for independence and well-being, said: “Under the current guidelines where people are being asked to stay at home, this can leave victims isolated with the perpetrator.

“It’s important that victims know they are not alone. Although services might be being delivered differently, they are still available and we will do all we can to help.”

Anyone who feels that they, or someone they know, is in immediate danger should call 999 and ask for the police.

Silent calls can be made to the police if it is not safe to speak – to use the ‘silent solution system’, call 999 and then press 55.

A directory of services, guidance and personal safety planning advice can be found at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/35217/Domestic-violence-and-abuse-services

For those not in immediate danger, useful telephone numbers include Impact Family Services (South Tyneside) on 07375 788835 and Refuge (Freephone 24-hour national domestic abuse helpline) on 0808 2000247.

Anyone worried about a vulnerable adult experiencing domestic abuse is asked to call the Let’s Talk Team on 0191 4246000 or email [email protected]

Anyone facing homelessness as a result of domestic abuse in South Tyneside is asked to call the Housing Options Service on 0300 1236633 or email [email protected]