Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership

Domestic Abuse - Wearside Women in Need have a variety of information, training opportunities and ways to access support 

Awareness of Domestic Abuse

BIG Voluntary Perpetrator Programme - Perpetrators behaviour change programme for men 0191 337 1559
(During Covid-19 the number is 07375 788 834) 

Domestic abuse: get help for specific needs or situations - GOV.UK (

Would You Recognise Domestic Abuse If You Saw It? - Untold Stories - Ann Craft Trust

Home Office Domestic Abuse Partner Pack

Podcast: NSPCC Helpline’s domestic abuse practice advisors: Listen to the podcast: Podcast: NSPCC Helpline’s Domestic Abuse Practice Advisors
Listen to the podcast on YouTube:

Southern Domestic Violence - Help For Victims

There are legal firms that offer pro-bono to support victims of Domestic Abuse. Two civil pieces of legislation that can be used to protect victims are:  Non-Molestation Orders & Occupation Orders

  • The Family Law Act 1996 aims to protect those suffering domestic abuse and offer remedies to those who apply. For instance, under the Family Law Act, a victim of abuse may apply for a Non-Molestation Order which prevents the perpetrator from pestering, harassing or molesting. It does not, however, deal with the issue of the occupation of the family home. An occupation order regulates the occupation of the property. Such orders are granted in very serious circumstances as it can exclude someone from the home in which they are legally entitled to live i.e. they jointly or solely own the property. For this reason, there are very strict tests for such an order to be granted.

Women’s Aid has published an annual audit of domestic abuse services in England and the experiences of women who use them. Read the news story: A year in focus – the annual audit of domestic abuse services in England
Read the report: The domestic abuse report 2022 (PDF)

The Home Office has produced a policy paper outlining its plan to prevent domestic abuse in England and Wales.

Download the policy paper: Tackling domestic abuse plan

The Home Office has released new guidance for England and Wales to encourage a whole-system response to violence against women and girls (VAWG). Download the toolkit: Violence against women and girls national statement of expectations and commissioning toolkit
Download the statement: Violence against women and girls: national statement of expectations (PDF) 

The Home Office has released a document on supporting male victims of crimes commonly associated with violence against women and girls (VAWG) that supplements the plan to tackle domestic abuse. Download the policy paper: Supporting male victims of crimes considered violence against women and girls

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has released revised guidance in relation to people who have experienced domestic abuse in England and Wales. Read the news story: ‘There is no typical victim of domestic abuse’ CPS says, as it revises its legal guidance to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes
Read the guidance: Legal guidance- domestic abuse
Take part in the consultation: Consultation on the Domestic Abuse legal guidance 


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