Domestic abuse

For lots of reasons, including money worries and increased alcohol consumption, Christmas and the New Year can be a stressful time for many people.

Increased levels of stress and anxiety can contribute to cases of domestic abuse and NHS staff in the North East are offering help and support to those in need this winter.

Domestic abuse is also known as domestic violence, and is much wider than physical violence alone. Domestic abuse is the term used to describe the physical, sexual or mental abuse of one person by another who is, or has been, close to them. Most often this is a partner, ex-partner or family member.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), the region’s mental health and disabilities care provider, has produced a self-help guide for people who want to know more about domestic abuse and what help is available.

NTW’s domestic violence guide includes information about the common forms domestic abuse takes; how people can deal with abuse; how people can keep themselves safe; and details of how to get the help and support they may need. As well as providing direct support to those in abusive relationships, we are also proud to be supporting the latest Northumbria Police domestic abuse campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of all forms of abuse and to increase the confidence of people who suspect they know someone who is a victim, to come forward and seek help.

Jan GreyNTW Head of Safeguarding and Public Protection

For a free domestic violence NHS guide, contact the NTW Patient Information Centre by emailing patientinformationcentre@ntw.nhs.uk or telephone 0191 223 2545 during office hours. You can also find the guide on the NTW website.