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Services for victims in South Tyneside

For female and Male victims

The Government Definition of Domestic Abuse

‘Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

‘Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
‘Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.” This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Support Service for Domestic Abuse Victims

Eligibility Criteria

  • 16 years or over
  • Resides in South Tyneside
  • Have suffered domestic abuse or have been affected by it
  • Female
  • Male identified as high risk or medium with informed consent

IDVA Service

Within the Options project is the South Tyneside Independent Domestic Violence Adviser (IDVA) Service.  The IDVA Service provides crisis intervention and impartial advice to clients who are identified as high risk or medium risk and the team consists of three part time IDVA’s.

The IDVA service strives towards maintaining the eight principles in which Safe Lives have set out in the Leading Lights Accreditation.

  • Safety
  • Risk
  • Diversity
  • Dynamics of domestic abuse
  • Independence
  • Accountably to stakeholders
  • Coordination
  • Respect

Counselling

We provide a counselling service which is called Place For You. The service is for Options clients so for female and male victims of domestic abuse over the age of 18 residing within South Tyneside. There is a team of volunteer counsellors offering various forms of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person Centred and Psychodynamic. It is one to one counselling within South Shields running from Monday to Friday with one late evening on a Wednesday.

Options

We can offer support with:

  • Safety plan
  • Risk assessment
  • Housing Options
  • Criminal court procedures
  • Non Molestation orders
  • Civil orders
  • Group work
  • Counselling
  • Escorts to court / housing/solicitors/GP’s
  • Signposting
  • Weekly Support group

Our programmes include:

  • The Freedom Programme
  • Change For Women
  • You and me, mum
  • DV awareness
  • Just ME

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