A NEW helpline for people suffering domestic abuse is being launched by a North-East children's charity in response to a rise in incidents of violence in the home during lockdown.

While the true scale of the problem is difficult to measure, as many cases go unreported, Kim McGuinness, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), identified a four per cent increase in crimes with domestic abuse markers connected to the force area just in the first two weeks of lockdown.

The Children North East helpline, which is supported by funding from the PCC, launched on Monday.

Anyone with children experiencing conflicts, difficulties or concerns in their relationship with their partner or family will be able to access confidential help from Children North East’s experienced families and parenting team.

The number to ring is 0191 256 2440 or people can text FAMILY to 07984 388130 to receive a call back.