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Domestic and Sexual Abuse Directory


Telephone: 0800 11 11

ChildLine [external link]

ChildLine is a charity which offers children and young people help and advice for problems from bullying and sexual abuse to emotional abuse, substance misuse or self harming.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Address: Bennet House, Horsemarket, Darlington
Telephone: 01325 256999 (10am-4pm)

Darlington Citizen's advice bureau [external link]

Darlington Citizen's Advice Bureau provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on people's rights and responsibilities. It provides advice and information on welfare benefits, employment and money advice to those eligible for legal help.

Darlington Association on Disability (DAD)

Address: 22-22 Horsemarket, Darlington, DL1 5PT
Telephone: 01325 489999
Text: 07624 818 780
Minicom: 01325 254061
Fax: 01325 488188

Darlington Association on Disability (DAD) [external link]

DAD is a voluntary and charitable organisation led by disabled people. It promotes independence and choice, and supports disabled people and carers in issues such as personal safety, living independently and personal relationships.

Darlington Borough Council's Adult Services

Address: Central House, Gladstone Street, Darlington
Telephone: 01325 406111

Adult Services

Adult Services help people live as independently as possible by providing assistance for older people, carers and people with impairments.

Darlington Borough Council's Children's Social Care

Address: Central House, Gladstone Street, Darlington
Telephone: 01325 406222

Children's Social Care

Social Care services ensure that children and young people live in a secure, stable and safe environment.

Darlington Borough Council's Housing Department

Address: Town Hall, Feethams
Telephone: 01325 405333


More information about domestic abuse if you live in council housing

The housing department provides services to residents in the public and private housing sectors, including housing options, support for those with mental health and substance misuse issues and lists of landlords.

Darlington Refuge

Telephone: 01325 364486
Email: [email protected]

First Stop Darlington

Address: Tubwell Row, Darlington
Telephone: 01325 254463
Email: [email protected]

First Stop Darlington is a local charity working with people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless.

Services include: free laundry and shower facilities, counselling, free telephone and internet access, health advice and help to fill out forms.


Telephone:03000 202525
Email:[email protected] [external link]

For over 40 years Harbour has worked to achieve positive outcomes for all those affected by domestic abuse. We work across County Durham, Darlington, Tees Valley and North Tyneside.

We work with families and individuals who are affected by abuse from a partner, former partner or other family member.

Domestic abuse recognises no boundaries and people can be affected regardless of their age, income, ethnic origin, gender and sexual orientation.

We want people to know they don’t have to go through these experiences alone and there is help available. 

We believe that everyone has the right to live free from abuse and violence and will continue to support individuals and their families to recover from these experiences.


Address: St Hilda's House, 11 Borough Road, Darlington
Telephone: 01325 283169

Darlington Mind [external link]

Darlington Mind is a charity dedicated to promoting and preserving good mental health and helping people cope with isolation, which can result from mental distress.

Services provided include: Counselling, therapeutic activities, housing support services and help with education and employment.

Mobile Advice Cooperative

The cooperative is available at the following centres and times for drop in advice and information:

  • Dodmire Children's Centre - Tuesdays 12:30-2:30pm
  • McNay Street Children's Centre - Wednesdays 9:30-11:30am
  • Skerne Park Children's Centre - Wednesdays 12-2pm
  • Mount Pleasant Children's Centre - 09:45am-12:15pm

National Council for Aging Care

Visit the National Council for Aging Care's website [external link]

Every month, one in 10 older adults worldwide experience some form of abuse. But with only 1 in 24 cases of elder abuse reported, the true figures are likely to be much greater. And with an increasing aging population in the United States and beyond, so will be the problem. By 2050, the global population of people aged 60 and older is predicted will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion.

National Domestic Violence freephone helpline

Telephone: 0800 2000 247

This 24-hour, freephone helpline is run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge. It can give support, help and information to those suffering from domestic abuse, as well as their friends and family.

The helpline is staffed by fully trained female support workers and volunteers. All calls are confidential and there are services for callers whose first language is not English, or are deaf/hard of hearing.

National Probation Service

The National Probation Service is a law enforcement agency and public authority. Officers work with offenders to supervise them in programmes aimed at reducing re-offending.

NHS Services

Call 999 for emergency medical attention

Call 111 for when you need medical help fast, but it isn't an emergency

Check NHS Choices for Health Services.

Police Safeguarding Team

Address: Darlington Police Station, St Cuthbert's Way, Darlington
Telephone: 101

The unit investigates crimes of domestic abuse and aims to reduce the risk of repeat incidents, serious harm to victims and to bring abusers to justice. They can also implement safety measures in the home.

Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre (RSACC)

Telephone: 01325 369933

RSACC [external link]

RSACC is a charity which provides free and confidential counselling to women and girls (over the age of 13) who have been raped or sexually abused, as well as those who have or are experiencing domestic abuse.

Services include: face-to-face counselling, support for non-abusing partners/relatives and a telephone support line available four evenings a week.


Telephone: 0808 802 4040

Respect [external link]

Developing and supporting services for the victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse.


Telephone: 01325 465465
National: 0845 7 909090

Samaritans [external link]

Sanctuary Supported Living

Address: Ashfield Court East, Raby Street, Darlington
Telephone: 01325 463141
Helpline: 01325 283226
Email: [email protected]

Sanctuary Housing [external link]

This confidential service provides support to clients who have/are experiencing domestic abuse. Services include: support through the court process, support on housing issues and confidence building.

The service is able to support a client for one year. There is also a children's worker who can provide support to children who have witnessed domestic abuse.

Sexual Assault Referral Centre

Address: Park Place, Darlington
Telephone: 0191 3018554

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) specialises in health care, police services and agency referrals for women and men who have experienced sexual assault.

Services provided include: physical examination and treatment of physical injuries, testing and preventative treatment for possible sexually transmitted infections, counselling (provided by RSACC) and help with practical issues.

The Meadows - Sexual Assault Referral Centre

Telephone: 0191 3018554

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am-3pm.

The Meadows [external link]

The Meadows aims to provide support to anyone living in County Durham or Darlington who has suffered rape or sexual assault. Services are available to both men and women.

Services include: forensic medical examinations, sexual health advice and appointments for STI screening, counselling and an opportunity to pass on anonymous information.

Victim Support

Telephone: 0191 2810491 (Monday - Friday, 8am-8pm, Sat 9am- 5pm)

Darlington Victim Support is a charity offering free confidential support and information to anyone affected by crime. Their staff and volunteers are specially trained to give information, practical help and emotion support to people who have been threatened or abused.

Victims are usually put in touch by the police, but you can contact Victim Support directly.

Additional links

Forced marriage

It is a criminal offence to force people into marriage. If you are concerned that a forced marriage is happening in Darlington, please contact Darlington Register Office

You can also contact

  • The Forced Marriage Unit on 020 7008 0151 between 9:00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday or email [email protected]
  • The Choice helpline - 0800 5 999 365
  • Durham Constabulary [external link] - 0845 60 60 365

There is a difference between forced and sham Marriages which are illegal and Marriages which are arranged/of convenience which are legal.