Domestic Violence and Abuse

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and abuse

Social isolation can increase stress at home, impacting on you and your family’s well-being. Your GP practice is here to help you.

Contact your GP: Contact the Practice

Government Support Website:

SafeLives Charity Resouces:

Economic Abuse and COVID-19:

Silent Solutions Police

In an emergency call 999 for the police. If you cannot safely speak to the operator to ask for the Police, stay on the line and the call will be forwarded to an operating system. Press 55 to be transferred to the local police force as an emergency.

Silent Call Police: 999, wait, then 55

Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline

The Helpline is confidential and you do not have to give your name. The Domestic Abuse Helpline is a safe space for you to talk through what is going on at the moment and give you the options that are available to you.


Telephone: 0161 636 7525 (Mon-Fri 10:00-16:00 excluding bank holidays)

Urdu/Punjabi Helpline: 0161 636 7525 (Mon-Tue 10:00-13:00, Wed 13:00-16:00)

Cover your tracks online

If you are worried that someone may find out which websites you have visited, there are ways to cover your tracks online.


Economic Abuse – restricting and controlling money

If a current or former partner has interfered with your money or other economic resources in some way to limit your choices, this information is for you. It may support you to identify economic abuse and the next steps that you might take.


Urdu and Punjabi helpline

A dedicated, confidential service in Urdu or Punjabi provided as part of the Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline for anyone experiencing or has experienced domestic abuse.

Urdu/Punjabi Helpline: 0161 636 7525 (Mon-Tue 10:00-13:00, Wed 13:00-16:00)


Are you about to hurt someone?

If you are concerned about your behaviour and feel you may be about to hurt someone please contact

The Respect Phoneline:

Telephone:  0808 802 4040

The Respect Phoneline is a confidential national helpline, email, webchat service for perpetrators of domestic abuse 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 family and friends, are welcome to get in touch for information, advice and support.


Talk Listen Change (TLC):

Telephone: 0161 872 1100

Talk Listen Change (TLC) are the local provider of perpetrator behaviour change programmes in Manchester.

Domestic abuse aware practice

The staff in your GP practice are trained to ask about domestic abuse and specialist workers are available to support you. Your practice is an ‘IRIS’ practice. You can talk to doctors, nurses and other staff working here if you are being hurt or controlled by your current or ex-partner, are afraid of someone at home or a member of your family.

The IRIS service is for all GP patients and staff, both women and men, aged 16 or over, whatever age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or background. IRIS’s oldest patient so far is 87.

Contact your GP for a referral to the IRIS worker: Contact the Practice

IRIS Office (09:00–16:30): 0161 820 8416

Manchester Women’s Aid: 0161 660 7999

In an emergency call the police on 999

Read more about how being an IRIS practice can help you.

National domestic abuse helpline

This is a 24 hour National domestic abuse helpline.

Telephone: 0800 2000 247


Greater Manchester End The Fear

Help, support and advice for anybody who is experiencing domestic or sexual violence. Support also for people who know someone who may be being abused. We want to encourage victims of domestic and sexual violence in Greater Manchester to find the courage to come forward and seek support and help. You don’t have to put up with domestic abuse.


Manchester Women’s Aid

Manchester Women’s Aid provides services so that domestic abuse survivors can live a life free from the fear of domestic violence and abuse. We provide safe and confidential temporary accommodation, play services, advice and support, dedicated case workers and support groups.


Telephone: 0161 660 7999

Bright Sky

Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship, or those concerned about someone they know. Available in four languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi and Polish.


Saheli Asian Women’s Project

A specialist service in Manchester, dedicated to serving the particular needs that Asian women and their families face. Thousands of women over the years have had a chance to leave abusive situations and secure a better future for them and their families.


Telephone: 0161 945 4187

National LGBT domestic abuse helpline

Galop gives advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse.

Telephone: 0800 999 5428

Contact online: