Domestic Abuse: report it

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If you have been the victim or witness to domestic abuse, or have concerns regarding a victim of domestic abuse, there are several ways you can report this:

Police

Reporting incidents assists police in tackling domestic abuse. The information you provide is invaluable and enables us to identify areas of concern and patterns of behaviour that could lead to the prosecution of offenders and to ensuring the safety of the victim. If you find yourself in a situation where you are in immediate danger, phone 999. Alternatively you can call your local Specialist Domestic Abuse Investigators:

Bury Public Protection Investigation Unit: 0161 856 8064
Monday – Friday 7am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4pm

North Manchester Public Protection Investigation Unit: 0161 856 3704
Monday to Friday – 7am to 8pm
Saturday - 7am to 3pm

South Manchester Public Protection Investigation Unit: 0161 8566053 and 0161 8566080
Monday to Saturday – 8am to 4pm

Salford Public Protection Investigation Unit: 0161 856 5171
Monday to Friday – 7am to 6pm
Saturday – 7am to 3pm

Tameside Public Protection Investigation Unit: 0161 856 9363
Monday to Saturday – 8am to 4pm

Stockport Public Protection Investigation Unit: 0161 856 7974
Monday to Sunday – 7am to 5pm

Bolton Public Protection Investigation Unit: 0161 856 5788
Monday to Friday – 8am to 4pm
Saturday to Sunday – 7am to 3pm

Wigan Public Protection Investigation Unit: 0161 856 7954
Monday – Sunday 7am until 8pm

Trafford Public Protection Investigation Unit: 0161 856 7574
Monday – 7am to 4pm
Tuesday to Friday – 7am to 8pm
Saturday and Sunday – 7am to 3pm

Rochdale Public Protection Investigation Unit: 0161 856 8069
Monday to Friday – 7am to 11pm
Saturday and Sunday – 7am to 5pm

Oldham Public Protection Investigation Unit: 0161 856 4551
Monday to Friday - 7am to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday – 7am to 5pm

Help us to help you
 

You can help us to help you by:

  • Providing as much detail as possible about what has happened to you
  • Making a note of the time and date and place the incident(s) took place
  • Providing the names and addresses of anyone who saw/heard the abuse or whom you told about what was happening to you.
  • Keeping anything that may confirm what happened to you e.g. mobile phone video or audio recording, threatening text messages or abusive mail.

What will the police do?

Greater Manchester Police has outlined a series of priorities, which are:

  • Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of victims, their families and any other person present
  • Thorough investigation of all incidents
  • Actively pursuing offenders and bringing them to justice
  • Ensuring that appropriate information and advice is provided in relation to the support available from other agencies.

Police officers will come to wherever the incident has taken place and will take whatever action is needed to make you safe.

Officers will separate the parties involved so that you will have an opportunity to speak to them in confidence about what has happened and any previous incidents, without the offender being around to intimidate or threaten you.

For people who do not speak English or for whom English is not their first language, officers can involve an independent interpreter. Where possible they will be the same sex as the victim and officers will ensure that the interpreter is not connected to the family of the victim or offender.

Taking Appropriate Action

GMP's tackling domestic abuse policy states that appropriate action should be taken at the scene of an incident. This means that officers are required to take all circumstances into consideration and will arrest offenders where appropriate to ensure the safety of you and any children involved. This will give you the time to speak to and get advice from Specialist Domestic Abuse Investigators.

Arrested offenders will be taken to a police station where the following will always be considered: 

  • Interviewing the offender
  • Charging the offender with a criminal offence. This can include a range of criminal offences such as common assault, breach of the peace, grievous bodily harm, rape, sexual assault or harassment.
  • Remanding offender in custody until they appear in court.
  • Applying for bail conditions in order to restrict the activity of the offender, for example, the offender could be bailed on the condition that they do not return to your home before they appear in court. If the offender breaks these conditions, they can be re-arrested.

Gathering Evidence

Officers will collect evidence from all available sources. A statement from you explaining exactly what has happened is ideal. However, if you do not feel able to make a statement, officers who attend the scene can give evidence in court detailing the injuries or damage they have witnessed.

They can take digital photographs of injuries, damage or disturbance caused to your home to support the case. Scene of Crime Officers can be called in to recover evidence, such as fingerprints, photographs or use other forensic techniques.

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