Domestic abuse

If you are experiencing domestic abuse from a partner, ex-partner or family member, you can get free and confidential help.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can take many forms including:

  • Physical abuse may include slapping, punching, spitting, pinching or grabbing
  • Emotional or mental abuse may involve constant criticism, threats to you or your family, not allowing you to sleep or have your freedom, withholding food or money.
  • Sexual abuse may include being forced to have sex without consent or to do things that make you feel uncomfortable
  • Harassment may include phone calls, following you, turning up at work or where you are socialising, sitting outside your house.

How can I get help?

You can get help and support from a number of local and Greater Manchester organisations:

Domestic Abuse
 Organisation Helpline

Police (non emergency)

101

Police (emergency)

999

DIAS (Drop In And Share) (external link)

01942 495230

Victim Support (external link) - Greater Manchester and Wigan

0300 3030162

RESPECT (external link) - Help for those using violence or abuse in their relationship.

0808 8024040

National Domestic Abuse helpline (external link) - A national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

0808 2000 247
(24 hour helpline)

Wigan Council Housing Options Team - For advice on your housing situation and if you're threatened with homelessness.

01942 489005 or fill in our online referral form

Your Housing Group (external link) -  Domestic abuse refuge provision.

0345 3450272 
(24 hour helpline)

End the Fear (external link) - Support for anyone who is experiencing domestic violence or abuse.

0161 636 7525

Sitting right with you (external link) - Campaign launched to raise awareness of the 'hidden' types of domestic abuse and encourage people affected to start talking.

0161 636 7525

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