Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. It takes place between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members. Types of abuse can include:
Just one encounter counts as abuse, and it can also be an ongoing pattern of behaviour. The one constant element of domestic abuse is the abuser's consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the victim.
Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality or social background. If you are suffering from physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse, or are being threatened, intimidated or stalked by a current or previous partner or close family member, it’s likely you’re a victim of domestic abuse.
You may be feeling frightened, isolated, ashamed or confused. If you have children it may be that they too are suffering, whether they witness abuse or not. Remember, you are not to blame for what is happening. You are not alone, and above all you do not have to suffer in silence.
There is lots of support available for you to report domestic abuse in safety.
|One Manchester’s Community Safety team||Use this web form, the live chat or phone 0330 355 1000|
|End the Fear||Anybody who is experiencing domestic or sexual violence can find help, support and advice Monday to Friday on 0161 636 7525, 10am–4pm. More information is on their website.|
|Independent Domestic Abuse Advisers (IDVA)||Support victims who are in crisis and at high risk of serious harm on 0161 234 5393.|
|Manchester Women’s Aid||Provide advice, support and accommodation to women and children on 0161 660 7999.|
|Women’s Domestic Abuse Helpline||Advice and support for women and agencies and referrals to refuges. Advice is also available in Urdu and Punjabi. Call 0161 636 7525 Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm and Tuesday until 7pm. Email email@example.com Responses are within three working days.|
|National Domestic Violence Helpline||24-hour freephone helpline on 0808 2000 247.|
|Men’s Advice Line Helpline||For male victims, call 0808 801 0327 Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.|
|Manchester Rape Crisis||Advice and support for women and girls who have been sexually abused. Phone 0161 273 4500 Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm, Wednesday and Thursday 6pm-9pm.|
|St. Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre||24-hour advice, support and forensic service for people who have experienced rape or sexual assault/abuse. Call 0161 276 6515.|
|Forced Marriage Unit Helpline||Providing information about forced marriage on 020 7008 0151.|
|The South Asian Womens' Project||They provide support on 0161 945 4187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Manchester City Council||More information can be found on their website.|