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What is Domestic Abuse?

One woman in four reports experiencing domestic abuse at some point in their life.  The Home Office has concluded that approximately every three days one woman dies as a result of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse includes all kinds of physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse between people who are or have been partners, whether or not married and whether or not living together - men, as well as women, can be the victims.  This includes same sex relationships and can be inter-generational and take place between family members.

Child abuse and exploitation includes all abuse where an adult is the perpetrator and the child is the victim. This can include sexual, physical and mental abuse.

People experience domestic abuse or child regardless of their social group, class, age, race, disability, sexuality and lifestyle.  It can happen in the home, or in a public place.

If you need to contact someone for advice or help, please telephone 0161 331 2525 to speak to us in confidence.

Here are some other organistaions that can provide support and advice.


National Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247


The National Domestic Violence Helpline is a free, confidential helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, and is available 24/7.


Women’s Aid

0808 2000 247


Women’s Aid provides a range of information and support on domestic abuse, including support for people experiencing domestic abuse and people who are concerned that others may be.



0808 802 4040


Respect is the UK membership organization for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims of domestic violence and you people’s violence in close relationships.


0800 1111


For information and advice for children and young people


Make A Stand 

Jigsaw Homes Group is one of the many housing associations that has pledged to tackle domestic abuse by signing up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s ‘Make a Stand’ campaign, which has been developed in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and the charity Women’s Aid. To find out more about the campaign visit http://www.cih.org/makeastand.