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