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COVID-19 Help and support for those suffering Domestic Abuse

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With the current Government advice to stay at home, you might be worried about spending more time with someone who is harming you. 

If you know a family member or friend who is living with domestic abuse, self-isolation may mean they are spending more time with an abusive partner and will not be able to access their usual means of support.

It’s important to know that you and they are not alone and we can all look out for the most vulnerable people in our communities and remain vigilant. 

If you are in immediate danger, or you suspect someone is in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police.

Local support

Local Domestic Abuse services in Manchester are still operating and delivering support:

Manchester Women’s Aid 0161 660 7999 or email referrals@manchesterwomensaid.org 

Domestic Abuse helpline 0161 636 7525 or email helpline@independentchoices.org.uk

Manchester based Saheli Asian Women’s Project provides advice, information and support services to Asian women and their children fleeing domestic abuse and/or forced marriages. Telephone 0161 945 4187

The IRIS Service

For Manchester GP patients and their staff. The IRIS service is for all patients, male or female, experiencing current or past abuse who are aged 16 or over.

The IRIS Service is running a telephone risk assessment and support service for patients and staff. If you are experiencing domestic abuse ring your GP practice and ask to speak to a GP or to the Practice Nurse. 

Other support and guidance

The government acknowledges that the order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses you are under. More information can be found on gov.uk

There is a 24 hour Domestic Abuse helpline available on 0808 2000 247 

Advice and support available from SafeLives, The UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse

The Surviving Economic Abuse Charity has developed and is sharing information on what support is available to safeguard economic well-being. They are working with partners to develop understanding over time and will use this to regularly update the information they are sharing.

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing abuse, please visit the resources page which includes a section specific to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Respect is a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for perpetrators of domestic violence looking for help to stop.  They help male and female perpetrators, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.  Partners or ex-partners of perpetrators, as well as concerned friends and family and Frontline Workers are welcome to get in touch for information, advice and support. 

Telephone 0808 802 4040.

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