Professionals working to keep people safe in Northumberland are encouraging people who suffer abuse, as well as their family and friends, not to suffer in silence and seek advice and support.
Added pressures for families – both financially and emotionally – in the period leading up to Christmas can increase tension for those living in abusive relationships.
The latest figures show that in the quarter from July to September this year, there were 1,202 cases of domestic violence reported in Northumberland and 80 per cent of these were carried out by a partner or ex-partner. A total of 496 of those cases involved the presence of children.
Coun Liz Simpson, chair of the Safer Northumberland Partnership board, said: “We realise this can be an extremely sensitive time of year for some families.
“The safety of our residents is paramount and reducing the prevalence of domestic abuse and providing appropriate support to families in Northumberland and to those who are visiting the county at this time of year is one of our key priorities.
“Members of families across the county may be suffering from domestic abuse or sexual violence. It is hard to talk about and you may not know how to get the support you need, however we are here to help.
“Don’t suffer in silence! We work closely with services that can support you, your family, friends or colleagues.
“If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please contact the police or any of our partner agencies immediately.”
If you suspect someone you know is suffering emotional or physical domestic abuse, call 0800 0665555 for independent and confidential advice.
If you have concerns about your own behaviour, call 0808 8024040.