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Who can help with domestic abuse?

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.


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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.

Request information under Clare's Law.

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.

Ring 0161 507 9609 or email rochdale@victimsupport.org.uk.

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.

Safenet safe houses

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

  • Rochdale Connections Trust - support for female victims, children and male perpetrators. Office is currently closed but key workers are offering support over the phone during normal office hours. This includes safety planning, male awareness and time out strategies. Call 07946 651643.
  • The Freedom Programme for women - a FREE and confidential 12-week programme for women who want to know more about domestic abuse.
  • Rochdale Women's Welfare Association - support for women experiencing racial equalities affected by forced marriage, FGM (female genital mutilation) or sexual assault. Telephone support is available Monday-Friday between 10am-2pm on 01706 860157.
  • Support for honour based violence victims - there is lots of support available to you if you have experienced honour based violence and abuse.
  • Help for children and young people affected by domestic abuse.
  • NESTAC - therapeutic support for adult women, children and young people affected by or at risk of Female Genital Mutilation.
  • LGBT Foundation - provides support across Greater Manchester to anyone over 16 years old who identifies under the umbrella term of LGBTQ+, including those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Independent Choices - one-to-one support across Greater Manchester for LGBTQ+ people affected by domestic abuse.
  • St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre - provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated forensic, counselling and aftercare support to any victims of rape or sexual assault.
  • Trafford Rape Crisis - offers a FREE service to women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence recently or historically. Fully trained trauma informed counsellors offer 26 weeks of one to one therapy to help you rebuild your life. Any woman can access the service, no matter where you live as long as you can travel to Trafford where it's based. You can join the programme yourself through their website.
  • The 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline
  • The Men's Advice Line - a national charity dedicated to helping and supporting male victims of domestic abuse.
  • Galop - the national lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans domestic abuse helpline.
  • Broken Rainbow - a helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual victims: 0300 999 5428.
  • Karma Nirvana - supporting victims of honour-based abuse including forced marriage.
  • Safenet - live online chat service.
  • Bright Sky - app which provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know. The app is available in several languages including English, Urdu, Punjabi and Polish.
  • Chayn - provides online tools, information, courses and support for people experiencing abuse. Their DIY online safety guide details how to secure devices or clear browsing history after you've accessed a website.
  • Hollieguard - a personal safety app.
  • The Survivors' Forum - an online resource for survivors of domestic abuse. It aims to be a place where survivors can support each other and share their experiences.
  • Victim Support - online chat service for victims of crime in Greater Manchester.
  • Women's Aid - currently offering an online chat service. Start chat with Women's Aid.