Peter’s story, Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence (DASV) project

Peter is a married man who was referred to our DASV project via the Gateshead Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub after the police were called to his house twice.

His wife is a very heavy drinker and is extremely abusive towards him. Peter doesn’t retaliate but admits to feeling extremely stressed and depressed and takes regular pain killers “to numb me and get me through”.

Peter has been receiving weekly one-to-one support from DASV to explore his feelings and his options and a safety plan has been put in place. The team have also helped Peter to access specialist counselling for male victims of domestic abuse, as longer term emotional support for him. Peter’s story is still ongoing but getting help from us has been a stepping stone to positive change.