Domestic Abuse Awareness Week
Today (25th November) marks the start of Domestic Abuse Awareness Week, and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls.
- Over their lifetime, 1 in 3 women (30%) and 1 in 6 men (16.3%) have experienced some form of domestic abuse since age 16 (Office for National Statistics, 2014)
- Pregnancy is often a trigger for domestic violence or for it becoming worse
- Debt and mental health problems are also common among people experiencing domestic abuse
In the first 6 months of 2018-2019, we saw 14 people affected by domestic abuse and gender violence, and 27 across the whole year. In the first 6 months of 2019-2020, we’ve already seen 31 people affected by domestic abuse and gender violence – more than twice as many as the same period last year, and more than the whole of last year combined.
Domestic abuse takes many forms, and doesn’t always mean physical violence. If you are being controlled, threatened or physically assaulted by someone you live with (or used to live with), then that is domestic abuse.
If you need support you can contact:
- North Tyneside Harbour on (0191) 251 3305 or 0300 0202 525 (9 – 8 Monday to Friday and 11 – 4 Saturday) or by visiting myharbour.org.uk
- The National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (open 24 hours)
If you would like to talk to Citizens Advice about yourself or anyone you know who is worried about domestic abuse, please contact us.