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Who can help with domestic abuse?

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If you're a victim of domestic abuse, there's a range of support available to help you:

Contact the police

  • In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for help.
  • For non-emergency police assistance, dial 101 for the Greater Manchester Police Switchboard (24-hour service).

Get specialist support

Here are some support services who have expertise in supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse:

  • Safenet - provides refuge accommodation services and floating support services to men and women: 01706 868896
  • Victim Support Rochdale - provides support to all victims living within Rochdale borough. They can also help you in attending court, if needed: 0161 856 5810
  • Rochdale Women's Welfare Association - support for Black and Minority Ethnic women: 01706 860157
  • Clare's Law - 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.
  • 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.
  • Women's Aid - offering information and support to women and children who are victims of domestic abuse: 0808 2000 247 
  • The Freedom Programme for women - a FREE and confidential 12-week programme for women who want to know more about domestic abuse. It aims to:
    • Help women to identify abusive behaviours and beliefs held by abusive men.
    • Help women gain self-esteem and confidence to improve the quality of their lives.
    • Show how domestic abuse affects children.
    • Help women to recognise future abusers and move onto free lives.
    • Download our Freedom Programme leaflet 2018 (470kb pdf) - details about attending the programme in Rochdale borough including dates and times
  • The Men's Advice Line - a national charity dedicated to helping and supporting male victims of domestic abuse. On their website, you'll find:
    • Information about Men's Advice Line and how you can contact them
    • Myths about domestic violence against men
    • What you can do to try and make yourself safer
    • Advice if you've children with your abusive partner
    • Details of other people and organisations who you can contact for support
    • Information about who you can contact for legal support and advice

Find out about alternative housing

For alternative housing, advice or refuge accommodation (safe house), contact:

  • Rochdale Homeless Team:
    0300 303 8548, Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm.
    0300 303 8875, out of hours
  • Manchester Domestic Violence Helpline: 0161 636 7525, 8am – 4pm
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline (24-hour national helpline): 0808 2000 247
  • Leopold Court (emergency housing): 01706 712977
  • Paws for Kids Safe Haven Project - pet fostering service for any victim of domestic abuse within Greater Manchester who has a domestic pet and is fleeing to temporary accommodation