Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting everyone's day to day life. But for a victim and their children experiencing or witnessing domestic abuse, the impact is significant and can put them in danger. Social distancing and isolation means that victims and their children are sometimes left with the prospect of being isolated in their house with the perpetrator.
We know that victims and their families are worried about accommodation, emotional wellbeing, negotiating child contact, accessing welfare benefits, as well as their safety and that of their children.
On this page we are sharing information, advice and resources to help support you through this time, As always, if you or someone else is in immediate danger please call 999 and ask for the police.
South Tyneside Council and partners want to reassure you and your family that we're still here and that services, although they might be delivered differently, are still available. You still have options and we will do everything to help you.
Always remember that the abuse you are experiencing is not your fault. If you're a neighbour, friend, or family member, and think someone might be at risk, please report your concerns or get advice from the services listed below.