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Domestic abuse campaigns


Our campaign, 'Does this sound familiar' highlights how domestic abuse isn't just about specific individual incidents but also about the repeat nature of incidents and how they can escalate. However if you are in immediate danger please call 999.

Domestic abuse poster

Help and support

Our specialist confidential support service is available for free - you don't have to face your problems alone. Support is available for all those who experience domestic abuse including women, men and those in lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans (LGBT) relationships.

Harbour Support Services are a specialist domestic abuse service who can help people who live within County Durham. There are also a range of other specialist support agencies available.

Our poster says: He criticises, calls me names, puts me down, shouts, gets jealous, withholds money, checks my phone, threatens me, tells me where I can and can't go, stops me seeing friends, follows me, opens my post, intimidates me, slaps, punches and chokes me, threatens to kill me, rapes me......and denies it all and promises it will never happen again. Any of this sound familiar?

Any of the above actions could constitute domestic abuse, however domestic abuse isn't just about specific individual incidents but also the repeat nature of incidents and how they can escalate.

People who carry out domestic abuse believe that they are entitled to behave in this way, domestic abuse is about power and control over the victim.

Domestic abuse is most often experienced by women and committed by men but it can also be carried out by:

  • people in same sex relationships
  • women against men
  • family members

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and occurs across society regardless of age, gender, sexuality, wealth or geography. This campaign has been specifically developed to raise awareness to women aged 40 and above following recent local research which highlighted that this group may be less likely to identify and report abuse.

There is a range of information pages for men and women who are experiencing domestic abuse available on our website using the link below, or you can type the easy to remember shortcut www.durham.gov.uk/domesticabuse into the address bar of your internet browser.

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