Alan Campbell MP has welcomed the news that Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness is preparing an emergency funding package to help children at risk of domestic abuse during the Coronavirus lockdown.
Across the region charities and support groups have urged people to get in touch if they are experiencing domestic abuse while isolating with their family.
But a particular concern now is for children who might not be able to access support while schools are closed own.
Police Commissioner Kim McGuinness is now providing specialist funding to help groups adapt to new ways of reaching young people at risk – with new grants available to help reach children via emails and social media.
More than £120,000 is being set aside for specialist organisations in order to ensure children do not become the forgotten victims of domestic abuse during the Coronavirus pandemic.
More information on the fund can be found at http://www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/police-crime-plan/commissioning-services-grants/
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, you can report an incident by ringing 101 or visiting www.northumbria.pnn.police.uk. Also in a non-emergency situation you can text the police on 07786 200814.
In an emergency, always call 999. If you dial 999 and are unable to speak, the emergency operator will ask you to dial 55 and to follow their instruction to quickly put you in touch with police.
Help is also available From Victims First Northumbria, who can be found at https://victimsfirstnorthumbria.org.uk/ or on 0800 011 3116