Coronavirus (COVID-19): domestic abuse support updates
In light of the current situation, many organisations have made some changes to the services they provide so it's easier for you to access support.
If you're a victim of domestic abuse, there's a range of support available to help you.
You may be interested in first contacting the specialist support organisations that have expertise in supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Contact the police
In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for help.
When you can't talk, dial 999 then press 55 when prompted. This is called
the Silent Solution system.
For non-emergency police assistance, dial 101 for the Greater Manchester Police Switchboard (24-hour service).
Find out about a partner's past
If you're worried about your partner or ex-partner's behaviour, you can find out if they've a criminal history of violence or abuse in their previous relationships.
You can also request this information about the partner of a close friend or family member, if you're concerned about them. Your right to request this information is covered in the
Domestic Abuse Act 2021.
Rochdale Victim Support
Rochdale Victim Support aims to be the first point of contact for male and female domestic abuse victims in the borough of Rochdale. They'll help to find you the right support, no matter what you need - from one-to-one support to help attending court.
They're currently offering telephone and email support, including safety planning on the following contact details.
Find a safe house
Safenet provides refuge accommodation to women and children in the borough of Rochdale and can be contacted 24 hours a day. They also offer safe houses and outreach support for male and female victims and survivors.
If you're moving to a safe house or refuge accommodation, you may also be interested in:
Rail to Refuge scheme - if you're a woman fleeing domestic abuse, you may be able to get a FREE train ticket which you can use to travel to refuge accommodation.
Endeavour Pet Fostering - pet fostering service for any victim of domestic abuse within Greater Manchester who has a domestic pet and is fleeing to temporary accommodation.
Other organisations you may be interested in