You are not alone – that’s the message to anyone who feels at risk of domestic violence during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Government’s nationwide lockdown to help tackle the virus has raised concerns for the welfare of adults and children who may be confined to their homes with abusive or controlling family members.

The council is keen to reassure people that they are not alone and that help and support is available for anyone who is experiencing or at risk of domestic violence.  

That’s why we’re proudly supporting #YouAreNotAlone, a national campaign raising awareness that if anyone is at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, they are still able to seek support.

We are also promoting the safe spaces campaign launched by the charity, Hestia who are working with Boots pharmacies to make safe spaces available.  Those needing help can ask staff at the counter to use the consultation room, where they will be able to contact services for help and advice.

The North Tyneside domestic abuse support service (Harbour) can be contacted on 0191 251 3305 or www.myharbour.org.uk for advice and support.

Additional information is available on the council’s website: https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/641/domestic-abuse