Abuse and Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Abuse Aware Practice

    Our staff here at Didsbury Medical Centre are trained to ask about domestic abuse and specialist workers are available to support you.
    We are an IRIS (Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) practice which means you can talk to our doctors, nurses and other staff working here if you are being hurt or controlled by your current or ex-partner or are afraid of someone at home or a member of your family.
    The IRIS service is for all patients and staff, both women and men who are aged 16 or over.
    Social isolation can increase stress at home, impacting on you and your family’s well-being and so, your GP practice is here to help you.
    Please contact your GP or practice nurse for help and advice by calling: 0161 445 1957
    You will then be referred to our practice’s IRIS worker known as the IRIS Advocate Educator.
    You can also self-refer by ringing the IRIS office directly on 0161 820 8416 between 09:00 and 16:30.
    In an emergency call the Police on 999.

  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline

    Available 24 hours a day.
    Telephone: 0808 2000 247
    Website: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

  • Silent Solutions Police

    In an emergency call 999 for emergency services. 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.

  • We are Survivors

    A survivor focused voluntary sector organisation that aims to create and facilitate safe spaces for male (including trans and non-binary individuals) survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation across Greater Manchester providing to access quality assured support.


  • Men’s Advice Line

    Men’s Advice Line
    Telephone: 0808 8010327

  • Manchester Women’s Aid Helpline

    Live chat available Monday to Friday 10:00 to 16:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 12:00.
    Telephone: 0161 660 7999
    For advice on how to cover your tracks online go to the Women’s Aid website.

  • Bright Sky

    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.

  • Galop LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline

    Telephone: 0800 999 5428

  • Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline

    Telephone: 0161 636 7525

  • 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.
    Website: www.saheli.org.uk
    Telephone: 0161 945 4187

  • Community Language Helpline Service (Urdu and Punjabi)

    Telephone: 0161 636 7525

  • Greater Manchester End the Fear

    Website: www.EndtheFear.co.uk

  • Karma Nirvana Helpline

    For ‘honour’-based abuse and forced marriage
    Telephone: 0800 599 9247

  • Manchester Social Care (adults and children)

    Telephone: 0161 234 5001

  • SafeLives

    A UK-wide charity has further advice and support on COVID 19 and domestic abuse.
    Website: www.safelives.org.uk

  • Surviving economic abuse

    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.


  • Respect

    If you are concerned about your behaviour and feel you may be about to hurt someone please call the helpline on 0808 802 4040 or visit the Respect website at: respectphoneline.org.uk
    The Respect Phone line 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)

    TLC is the local provider of perpetrator behaviour change programmes in Manchester.
    Telephone: 0161 872 1100
    Website: Talk Listen Change – Domestic Abuse Services

  • 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.
    Website: www.womensaid.org.uk

  • Bright Sky App by Hestia

    Bright Sky is a free to download mobile app, launched by Hestia in partnership with the Vodafone Foundation, providing support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.
    Website: www.hestia.org/brightsky

  • IRISi Interventions

    The IRIS programme provides specialist advocacy and support to patients registered at IRIS-trained practices who are affected by domestic abuse.
    Website: www.irisi.org

  • Childline

    Offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry.
    Telephone: 0800 1111
    Website: www.childline.org.uk