Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse or domestic violence is defined as any incident of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of their gender or sexuality.

These can include: Physical, Psychological, Sexual, Financial and Emotional Abuse.

If you are in immediate danger please call 999, you can use the silent solution - call 999 and then press 55.

Please note during COVID-19 instruction doesn’t apply if you need to leave your home due to domestic abuse.

Here is some guidance from Greater Manchester Police for keeping yourself safe.

  • Maintain contact with friends and family via telephone and video calls, or social media, ensuring you and others are aware of any risks in the home.
  • If you feel at risk, please contact us, tell someone you can trust, or use the support available which is detailed below.
  • Always ensure your mobile phone is charged and with you.
  • Agree a safety word or code with friends and family so they know if you call or text with this, they need to contact the police.
  • If there are children in the home, agree a safety word or code with them too so if there is a risk or threat, they know when to leave the home when this is used, and also know where is a safe place to go to if needed.

Cover Your Tracks

Women’s aid article provides an overview on delating browsing history so the abuser can’t track what you being searching online.

Seeking further support

If you are not in immediate danger there are plenty of support options available to you. There are local and national help and advice centres.

A national 24/7 help line provided by Refuge on 0808 2000 247.


A Tameside service that offers support for victims of domestic abuse.

Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline

Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline 0161 636 7525 or visit

End the Fear

End the Fear is a Greater Manchester project that supports people who are experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence.

Male Advice Line

If you are a male experiencing domestic violence there is a helpline 0808 8010327 (working hours only) or

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you think a child is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being please contact one of the numbers shown on this page.

Your phone call could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If the child is not in immediate danger contact:

Children's Hub

  • Monday to Friday during office hours - 0161 342 4101
  • Monday to Friday outside office hours and weekends and public holidays – 0161 342 2222
  • GM Procedures Manual
  • Safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Children's Hub using the Online Electronic Referral form