What is domestic abuse?


DA Poster 310 x 434If you are a victim of domestic abuse, or suspect that you know someone who is, contact 0800 066 5555 or go to the Domestic Abuse section.

Each minute in the UK, police are called by a member of the public seeking help about domestic abuse.

The results can be horrific: from loss of self-confidence and cuts and bruises to complete mental breakdowns and, in the worst cases, murder.

Northumbria Police is committed to protecting the lives of all victims of domestic abuse, investigating all reports, bringing offenders to justice and holding them accountable for their actions and adopting a proactive multi-agency approach to prevent and reduce domestic abuse.

Northumbria Police defines domestic abuse as: “Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults, aged 18 and over (from 1 April 2013 the age will drop to 16 and over), who are or have been intimate partners or are family members, regardless of gender and sexuality.”

Domestic abuse is not acceptable under any circumstances.
Northumbria Police is divided into three area commands with two Protecting Vulnerable People Units covering the north and south of the force area and incorporating the Domestic Abuse Investigation Teams.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or are worried about a friend or a member of your family, you can contact your local office for help, advice and support.

A number of other support agencies provide advice and support to victims of domestic abuse. For independent and confidential advice call 0800 066 5555 or in an emergency call the police on 999.