Violence against women and girls

Domestic & Sexual Abuse is one of the top priorities for Northumbria's Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, as outlined in the Police & Crime Plan 2013-18.
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In December 2013 the first ever regional strategy to tackle violence against women and girls was launched in the north-east by the three regional Police and Crime Commissioners, Northumbria's Vera Baird, Cleveland's Barry Coppinger and Durham's Ron Hogg.

Together, they devised the 20-point plan to provide support and protect women and girls who are victims of violence or abuse of any kind. The strategy followed months of consultation with a range of partners and the North East Women's Network and contains pledges around:

  • Domestic and sexual violence and abuse

  • Human trafficking and sex work

  • Forced marriage and so-called honour crimes

  • Harassment and stalking

  • Female genital mutilation

Consultation has shown that Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) is an issue of great concern to the people of the North East. Each year, a significant number of female victims of domestic violence alone complain to police across the region.

Most victims of domestic violence do not report, and it can be even harder for people subject to cultural pressures to do so. This situation is wholly unacceptable and the strategy takes on the challenge of making a positive difference to the lives of women and girls in our region, working with the partner agencies who have helped to draw together this strategy.

The strategy sets down real, measurable actions with the overall aim of making help with the training needed to cope calmly with any disclosure more easily available for victims and survivors and to enable them to engage with support services. The goal is also to encourage services to work together so that people are referred from their initial point of contact to all of the sources of help they need without being referred from one agency to another.

A strategy for employers - 'Domestic and Sexual Abuse and the Workplace' – is among the priorities. Anyone affected should be able to find confidential support at work and be helped to safety.
In support of this, Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Champions will be identified, both in the workplace but also in places like libraries, swimming pools, members clubs and groups of all kinds. These champions have an important role in being available for survivors and leading people towards help and guidance, as well as raising awareness in the organisation.  

Other plans include establishing a Police Rape Scrutiny Panel in each force area to scrutinise case files, which have failed to attain the requisite evidential level for prosecution or where a prosecution has failed, to see what lessons can be learned.



VAWG Strategy Links
 

Summary of the Violence against Women and Girls strategy (From the Northumbria PCC Website)

Violence against Women and Girls strategy (From the Northumbria PCC Website)




Helplines


Always dial 999 if you are in immediate danger. For advice or support go to:


Northumbria

Women’s Aid/Domestic Violence helpline:  0808 2000 247

Tyneside and Northumberland Rape Crisis Centres - 0800 035 2794

North East ‘Choice’ helpline for victims of honour based violence and forced marriage: 0800 5999 365

Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services - 01434 608030 / 01434 416046


Durham

Women’s Aid/Domestic Violence helpline:  0808 2000 247

Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre (Darlington and Co Durham):  01325 369933

North East ‘Choice’ helpline for victims of honour based violence and forced marriage: 0800 5999 365


Cleveland

Women’s Aid/Domestic Violence helpline:  0808 2000 247

Eva Rape Crisis Service (Redcar and Cleveland):  01642 835079

ARCH (Rape Crisis Centre Teesside – Middlesbrough, Stockton and Hartlepool)01642 822335

North East ‘Choice’ helpline for victims of honour based violence and forced marriage: 0800 5999 365


Yorkshire

Karma Nirvana - Supporting victims of honoir crimes and forced marriages0800 5999247



For general victim support for domestic and sexual violence and abuse and any other crime
call Victims First on 0800 011 3116.