Call 0808 2000 247

The national 24/7 confidential domestic abuse phone line.

Download the Bright Sky app

Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app that provides valuable support and advice if you are a victim of domestic abuse. The app is disguised as a weather app and has been launched by Hestia in partnership with the Vodafone Foundation.

Please only download the Bright Sky app if it is safe to do so.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse you are not alone and we can help. We provide confidential, high quality specialist support and advice for women and men who are at risk of domestic abuse.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is used by someone to control you or someone you know or take power over you or them. Abuse can include physical, sexual, psychological, verbal, emotional and financial abuse.

Domestic abuse can be in many different forms including coercive control, sexual violence, digital or online abuse and harassment, human trafficking and modern slavery, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and so-called ‘honour’ based violence.

If you or someone you know changes their behaviour because they are frightened of how their partner or someone within their household will react, they are being abused.

Spotting the signs

Is your partner or someone within your household:
  • Always jealous and possessive?
  • Charming one minute and abusive the next?
  • Stopping you from seeing your family and friends?
  • Constantly criticising you and putting you down in public?
  • Controlling your money?
  • Pressurising you to have sex when you don’t want to?
  • Monitoring your movements or checking up on you through your text messages, social media accounts or your emails?
  • Using anger and intimidation to frighten you and make you comply with their demands?
Have they?
  • Threatened or intimidated you by using violent language or physical violence?
  • Forced you to change your behaviour because you are frightened of their reaction?
  • Blamed you for their behaviour e.g. they say you were “asking for it” or that you deserved the abuse?
  • Embarrassed you, often in front of family and friends, so that you are seen in a bad light?
  • Made you feel isolated?
  • Played mind games and made you unsure of your own judgement?

We can help you

Living Plus provides safe and secure accommodation with specialist support and outreach services to help victims. We believe that everyone has a right to live in a safe place without fear.

We are fighting to end domestic abuse against men, women and children and work to help each person we help their life back.

Our support will help you lead a successful and fulfilling life through the services we provide. We understand that everyone is different with their own specific needs.

Refuge accommodation

Our refuges offer a safe and secure accommodation with specialist support. Available to women aged 16 and over with or without children and from anywhere in the country.

All properties are fully furnished with communal facilities and our on-site staff office.

Northumberland: 01670 820199
Download the Northumberland leaflet (PDF)

South Tyneside Women's Aid: 0191 454 8257
Download the South Tyneside leaflet (PDF)

Butterfly House, Bedford: 01234 353 592
Download the Butterfly House leaflet (PDF)

IDVA service

Our IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisors) service provides specialist support for men and women aged 16 and over who are at high risk of harm.

From the point of crisis, we’ll work with you to develop a safety plan including options to keep you safe, as well as support with legal processes and the court system.

Specialist outreach service

Available to both men and women aged 16 and over, our specialist outreach service provides an approach focused on you.

This includes safety planning and a support package specific to your individual needs.

Make a Stand pledge

Since 2018, we have been supporting the Chartered Institute of Housing's 'Make a Stand' campaign. Our four pledge commitments, which we are working to put in place, are:

Pledge one

Put in place and embed a policy to support customers who are affected by domestic abuse.

Pledge two

Make information about national and local domestic abuse support services available on our website and in other appropriate places so that they are easily accessible for customers and staff.

Pledge three

Put in place an HR policy, or amend an existing policy, to support members of staff who may be experiencing domestic abuse.

Pledge four

Appoint a champion at a senior level in our organisation to own the activity we are doing to support people experiencing domestic abuse.

Make a Stand pledge