Violence Against Women and Girls

COVID - 19

We know that COVID-19 will have serious impacts on the lives of women and children, many of whom are feeling unsafe with the prospect of being isolated in the house with their perpetrator. We want to reassure survivors that our local specialist services are still providing support during this challenging time.  To protect the safety and health of those accessing support and staff, most services are limited in the provision of face to face support however, telephone support and in some cases on line support remain available. 

Information about domestic abuse services in Newcastle and nationally can be found here, along with sources of information and support for practitioners:

Newcastle and national domestic abuse services

COVID 19 Advice for victims and survivors of domestic abuse can be found at the following links:

Womens Aid advice for survivors

Safe Lives advice for survivors

What we do

What you can do

The United Nations defines violence against women and girls (VAWG) as

“any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life” (General Assembly Resolution 48/104 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, 1993).

Violence against women and girls includes:

  • Domestic violence and abuse,
  • sexual violence,
  • rape,
  • forced marriage,
  • so called ‘honour based abuse”
  • sexual exploitation
  • emale genital mutilation

Why is this a priority?

Violence against women and girls (VAWG) is human rights violation, and is rooted in gendered social structures rather than individual and random acts.

VAWG impacts women and girls of all ages, from all walks of life, regardless of their level of education, income, where they live or their sexuality. It is a major obstacle to ending gender inequality and discrimination globally.

Men and Boys

Boys and men do experience gender-based violence;

  • they can be in an abusive relationship,
  • experience domestic violence,
  • be sexually harassed,
  • bullied because of their sexuality,
  • forced to marry,
  • be sexually exploited,
  • raped or sexually abused,
  • socialised to bully, or have negative notions of masculinity.


Regardless of gender, all victims still have to confront many obstacles that may stop them reporting a crime and supporting a prosecution.

Together, boys and girls, women and men must work in partnership to protect women’s and girl’s rights and prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls because in tackling violence against women and girls, we are also tackling similar violence against men and boys.

What you can do

Report and Support

In an emergency, or if you or someone else is in immediate danger phone 999

For help and advice:

Newcastle and national domestic abuse services

Other Downloads: