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.
Social isolation can increase stress at home, impacting on you and your family’s well-being. Your GP practice is here to help you.
Please contact your GP or practice nurse for help and advice. They will refer you to the IRIS worker, the ‘IRIS Advocate Educator’.
IRIS Office: 0161 820 8416 9am – 4.30pm.
Manchester Women’s Aid 0161 660 7999
For advice on how to cover your tracks on-line go to: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/cover-your-tracks-online/
In an emergency call the Police on 999.
National DA Helpline
This is a 24 hour National domestic abuse helpline.
Telephone: 0800 2000 247
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: dial 999, wait, then press 55.
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.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Abuse
Government support for anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse:
Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0161 636 7525
Manchester Women’s Aid – 0161 660 7999
LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline – 0300 999 5428
Saheli Asian Women’s Project – 0161 945 4187
Community Helpline Language Service (Urdu and Punjabi) :
Greater Manchester End The Fear www.EndtheFear.co.uk
Manchester Social Care (for adults and children) – 0161 234 5001
SafeLives www.safelives.org.uk – a UK-wide charity has further advice and support on COVID 19 and domestic abuse.
Surviving Economic Abuse www.survivingeconomicabuse/resources share information on abuse and economic resources. There is a page specific to COVID 19 Outbreak
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) are the local provider of perpetrator behaviour change programmes in Manchester, ring: 0161 872 1100 or