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25% of women and 16% of men experience domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse includes emotional, financial, sexual and psychological abuse as well as physical harm.

Covid-19 has placed additional practical,emotional and financial stress on families – increasing the likelihood that abuse will take place and that children will be exposed to it. The outbreak has seen a rise in domestic abuse in the UK, with the Domestic Abuse helpline reporting a 120% increase in calls since lockdown measures were enforced.

People who carry out domestic abuse believe that they are entitled to be in control of their relationships, to dictate what their victim can or can’t do, and they use violence, fear, intimidation and isolation to gain that control and to hold on to it. Abuse is usually associated with an intimate partner or ex-intimate partner, but can also come from family members e.g. sons, daughters, parents.

Support available from YHN

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, or are concerned about someone, please get in touch with our Safeguarding team on 0191 278 8600.

If you have urgent safety concerns, contact the police on 101 or 999 if you are in immediate danger or a crime is in progress.