If you are in immediate danger of domestic violence dial 999 other wise contact our Home and money team.

Domestic violence is any incident of threatening behaviour or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults, aged 18 and over, who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender and sexuality. (Family members are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step-family).

If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness as a result of domestic violence you will be contacted by a housing specialist, who will ensure you are placed temporarily in a place of safety whilst your homeless application is assessed.

Wearside Women in Need are the contracted service provider for the City of Sunderland. They provide specialist refuge accommodation for families with male children up to 16 years and for those who don't have recourse to public funds and multiple & complex needs.

Wearside Women In Need operate a domestic violence help line 0191 4151506 or 08000665555; during the call they will identify a place of safety for you, this is normally one of their refuges.

Forced marriage:

Is when you face physical pressure to marry (for example, threats, physical violence or sexual violence) or emotional and psychological pressure (e.g. if you're made to feel like you're bringing shame on your family). If you are being forced to get married in the UK, and are in the UK now: Call the Forced Marriage Unit: 020 7008 0151. Opening times: 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday. Out of hours: 020 7008 1500.

Modern day slavery:

"trafficking in persons," and "human trafficking" have been used as umbrella terms for the act of recruiting, harbouring, transporting, providing, or obtaining a person for compelled labour or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.

If you are a victim of modern day slavery contact 999 or our Home and money team. 

If you would like further information you might find the links below useful:


Sunderland Information Point

Housing local services

Forced marriage unit

Karma Nirvana

Wearside Women in Need