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Support Services for victims of Domestic Abuse
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Greater Manchester Police and our partners, such as Local Authorities, housing, victim support, local refuges etc, are committed to bringing more abusers to justice and have established Specialist Domestic Violence Courts, which are led by specially trained magistrates and involve police, prosecutors and the probation service.

Each of our Domestic Abuse Units work proactively with partner agencies through monthly Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs). These meetings are forums for all the local partners to come together to put effective actions plans into place; ensuring victims receive a comprehensive level of care.

Although we continue to explore new ways of tackling domestic abuse, there is nothing we or other agencies can do to help victims if we are not given the information to act upon. By working together, we can make a real difference and potentially save lives. It is important that victims or their friends and family speak to us so that we can take action and make relevant referrals to help you.

You can also visit: www.sittingrightwithyou.co.uk for more information.

Throughout Greater Manchester, help is available for people who are victims of domestic abuse. The following organisations and helplines provide a range of support services:

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline (Run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge) - 0808 2000 247, www.womensaid.org.uk  or email helpline@womensaid.org.uk
  • Samaritans - 0845 7909 090 or www.samaritans.org
  • Women's Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0161 636 7525 www.wdachoices.org.uk, Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm excluding bank holidays.
  • Shelter- 0808 800 4444 or www.shelter.org.uk
  • DIAS Domestic Violence Centres Services at all three centres include; 'Drop In' support, advice and information and professional counselling by appointment.
    • DIAS-Wigan (01942) 495230, 38 Rodney House. King St. Wigan, email: diasdvc@aol.com
    • DIAS-Tyldesley (01942) 895212, 136A Elliot St. Tyldesley, email: diastyld@aol.com
    • DIAS-Hag Fold (01942) 892483, 69 Warwick Road. Hag Fold. Atherton, email: diashfold@aol.com
    • DIAS-CRV (01942) 491477, 39 Rodney House. King St. Wigan
  • Counselling service for children and families affected by domestic violence email: diasdvc@aol.com

All the above services are free and confidential. Below are some other support services that you may find useful:

  • Respect - 0802 802 4040 or www.respect.uk.net
  • Men Experiencing Domestic Violence - 0845 064 6800
  • Male victims of domestic abuse - 0808 801 0327 or www.mensadviceline.org.uk
  • Elder Abuse - 0808 8088 141
  • Tulip Group - Children's Violent Behaviour to Parents - 0151 637 6363
  • Relate - Counselling - 0161 442 2443
  • Central Manchester Women's Aid - 0161 273 4366
  • African and Caribbean Women's Outreach Project - 0161 882 0632
  • Greater Manchester Homeless - 0161 234 5335
  • Jewish Women's Aid - 0800 591203 or email jwa@dircon.co.uk
  • Wai Yin Chinese Women's Society - 0161 237 5908
  • Victim Support Helpline - 0845 456 8800 (Greater Manchester), 0845 303 0900 (National) or www.victimsupport.org.uk
  • NSPCC Helpline - 0808 800 5000 or www.nspcc.org.uk
  • Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) Helpline - 0845 330 3030
  • Paw for kids - 01204 394842 or www.pawsforkids.org.uk
  • Alcoholics anonymous - 0845 769 7555 or www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
  • Galop - For members of the LGBT community www.galop.org.uk  or 0800 9995428
  • National Drugs helpline - 0300 123 6600 or www.talktofrank.com
  • St Marys sexual assault referral centre - 0161 276 6515 or www.stmaryscentre.org
  • Rape crisis - 0808 802 9999 or www.rapecrisis.org.uk
  • Personal support unit (for help with civil proceedings) - 0161 240 5037 or www.thepsu.co.uk
  • Ann Craft Trust - Abuse of People with Learning Disabilities - 0115 951 5400 or email ann-craft-trust@nottingham.ac.uk

Help for Abusers

  • Help is available for abusers. Anyone worried about their behaviour towards their partner can visit Respect or call their helpline on 0845 122 8609.