Hidden behind closed doors, partners across Tyneside, carry out domestic attacks every week; with Northumbria Police receiving more than 80 calls a day about domestic violence. It has been brought to people’s attention that very few abusers are brought to justice for beating their partners. It’s stereotypical for people to think that only women can be victims of domestic abuse but that is not the case, as 38% of domestic violence victims in the UK are male.

Northumbria Police is committed to protecting the lives of all victims that suffer from domestic violence but eight men walked free from Newcastle Crown Court yesterday after being found not guilty of raising their hands to their partners.

Men and women feel as though they are weak if they ask for help and support to get out of a vicious relationship. According to Woman’s Aid, an average of two women a week are killed by a current or former male partner. Domestic attacks can happen in any relationship including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and heterosexual relationships.

Facts and myths about domestic violence

Alcohol and drugs make people violent– Alcohol and drugs can trigger violence but domestic attacks should not be tolerated whether it is under the influence or stone cold sober.

Abusers have grown up in violent homes– This is not true, only a small handful of abusers have grown up in a violent home and that should not be used as an excuse for raising their hand. Domestic violence is not acceptable.

Victims deserve it– This is 100% not true! No matter how hard things get in a relationship, it will never give anyone the right to raise their hands to someone. If you are unhappy in a relationship, leave before it gets to an unbearable stage.

If you are wanting independent and confidential advice about domestic violence, please call Northumbria Police on 0800 066 5555 or in an emergency, always call 999.