West End Women and Girls Centre, Open Clasp Theatre Company, Newcastle Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland stand with women who are victims and survivors of domestic abuse, stalking and harassment.

Stalking is a pattern of repeat and persistent unwanted behaviour that is intrusive and creates fear.
There are many misconceptions about what stalking is about. It is not romantic. It is about fixation and obsession. It is a crime. It destroys lives.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported an increase in stalking offences from 23,543 offences in 2019 to 64,265 in 2020. Dipu Ahad, ex-Elswick councillor and a key figure in our local community, has been found guilty of serious stalking and harassment and has been sentenced to 14 months in prison. Anyone can be a perpetrator. We must stand against them all. We fully condemn his actions and the abuse of power he has demonstrated.

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, stalking or harassment please contact support services below.

Newcastle

West End Women and Girls Centre 0191 273 4942 (ages 11-25)

Newcastle Women’s Aid 0191 261 0504

Rape Crisis 0191 222 0272

UK

The National Stalking Helpline 0808 8020 300

West End Women and Girls Centre is the first and only open access, community based women and girls centre in Newcastle, we aim to build the power of women and girls, who have been and continue to be disenfranchised. We seek to drive positive change in the world, our community and in women and girls lives.

We do this through group work where women and girls have the opportunity to meet, have fun, learn skills, look at issues relevant their lives and generally build confidence in a safe and supportive environment.


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To our friends, neighbours, visitors, we say: you are welcome here. No matter who you are, what you look like, who you love, how much money you have, what your religious beliefs are, or where you are from, West End Women and Girls Centre is for you.

Like many, we at West End Women and Girls Centre are concerned about the divisive, hateful speech and actions we are hearing and witnessing across our country. While these feelings are not new for many, we recognise that this is a crucial moment to take a stand for what we believe is right. It is important that we do not become complacent in our mission to build the power of women and girls and drive positive change that reflects and celebrates the diversity of our communities.

West End Women and Girls Centre is committed to re-examining and strengthening our continuing efforts to ensure the centre is a safe and welcoming place for everyone. If you have any suggestions for how we can make the centre better, please send us an email with your thoughts. info@westendwomenandgirls.co.uk