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Domestic abuse - help and support

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, help and support is available, regardless of age, gender and sexuality.


If you are in immediate danger please call 999.

Harbour Support Services continue to support those affected by domestic abuse throughout the coronavirus outbreak. Services are still open and able to support people in refuges, through telephone and video support sessions.

Contact Harbour on 03000 202 525 or There is also help at Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse.

Get help

We understand that the first call is a big step. Your call will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively, you do not have to face your problems alone.

Harbour Support Services are a specialist domestic abuse service who can help people living in County Durham. Contact Harbour on 03000 202 525 or by email

You could also go to your GP, health visitor, social worker, housing officer or the police who can get advice on your behalf.

Women's refuge

If you are a woman and need to leave your home, women's refuges are available.

Forced marriage and 'honour-based' violence

You have the right to choose. If you or someone you know is being forced into a marriage or is a victim of honour-based violence, contact Choices Forced Marriage Helpline on 08005 999 365.

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