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Covid19 update - Revised Training for frontline staff

The Covid-19 pandemic is a dangerous time for clients experiencing domestic abuse.  There is evidence of a rise in calls for support during this period.  We have therefore updated our guidance and advice to frontline staff with revised training here

Domestic abuse can take lots of different forms and affects many people. Domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people who have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender.

Abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual, or a combination of these. anyone forced to do things against their wishes or to alter their behaviour because they are frightened of someone's reaction is being abused.

No one should have to suffer domestic abuse. if you are affected or you know someone who is, then there is help available.

Report Abuse:

If you are in immediate danger phone 999, or get someone else to phone, and state whether you need the police, ambulance or fire service. Move to a safe place, avoiding kitchens or stairs, and stay near a door for a quick escape. If in doubt, get out.

If the situation is not an emergency, but you still need the police, call 101.

If you need general advice, information or support:

  • Get information resources, and a searchable directory of services for people experiencing domestic abuse, and for professionals at, Manchester’s multi-agency Domestic Abuse website
  • Contact Manchester Women’s Domestic Abuse Helpline a free, confidential line whose staff can provide advice, help you formulate a safety plan, and access refuge spaces across the country. Tel: 0161 636 7525.
  • Male victims of abuse can get help and advice from on 0808 801 0327
  • Broken Rainbow offers support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experiencing domestic violence. It also aims to raise awareness in the LGBT community and elsewhere of the impact of homophobic, transphobic and same sex domestic violence on the lives of LGBT people.
  • Phone the National Domestic Violence Helpline 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247
  • If you are concerned about someone's behaviour or would like more information on healthy relationships visit
  • If you live in the Wythenshawe area women can now access support and services through or 07873889637

Legal action and how we can support you

You can look into taking legal action to stop domestic abuse or prevent it from happening again. This includes civil action, such as injunctions and orders to protect children and criminal action where the police become involved (including if you are being harassed or followed).

The helplines will give you advice on this, or if you want to apply for orders yourself, the council’s Independent Domestic Abuse Advisors can support you to do it.

There are also legal orders that you can apply for in various circumstances to order the abusive person to leave your home, or to keep them away from it.

To find out more about these legal powers, and the support we can give you, contact us by email, or by telephone on 0161 234 5393

Domestic Homicide Reviews

Since April 2011, Community Safety Partnerships became responsible for undertaking Domestic Homicide Reviews where the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a relative, household member or someone s/he had been in an intimate relationship with.

The purpose of a review is to consider the circumstances that led to the death and identify where responses to the situation could be improved in the future. In so doing, the lessons learned will be taken on board by the professionals and agencies involved, such as the police, social services, councils, and other community based organisations.

A review panel, led by an independent chair, is commissioned to undertake this work and a panel overseeing the review is made up of members of local statutory and voluntary agencies. This panel will review each agency’s review of their involvement in the case and consider recommendations to improve responses to domestic violence in the future. They will also have the chance to hear from family, friends and work colleagues who may be able to help us understand the impact of agency’s involvement with the victim or the perpetrator.

Domestic Homicide Reviews are not inquiries into how someone died or who is to blame. They are not part of any disciplinary process. They do not replace, but will be in addition to, an inquest or any other form of inquiry into the homicide.

In this way, agencies will improve their responses to domestic violence and work better together to prevent such tragedies occurring in the future. Through our website, we will publish the reports and findings of these reviews as they become available.

There are currently four DHR reports available:

DHR 'Sarah' here

DHR 'Karen' Here

DHR 'Jenny' here

DHR 'Jacob' Here 

DHR 'Shawn' Here

DHR 'Niki' Here

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