What is domestic abuse and how can I get support?

If you are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse, or are worried about someone who might be, find out where you can go for advice and help.

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Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services

Stockport Without Abuse

If you are looking for Refuge accommodation or if you are experiencing domestic abuse you can telephone their main office on:

0161 477 4294

Lines are staffed Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am - 4:30pm there is an answerphone outside of these hours.

If they are unable to answer your call, or you need support outside of these hours, you should contact the national domestic abuse helpline on: 0808 2000 247 

MASSH (multi agency safeguarding & support hub) 0161 217 6028. Stockport Adult Social Care 0161 217 6029

Contact Details

0161 477 4294


PO Box 193, Stockport, SK1 3QP

TLC (Talk, Listen, Change)

TLC offer a range of services and work with both male and female perpetrators of domestic abuse, to stop abuse at the source. They also offer integrated support to partners, ex-partners and children.

TLC's mission is to support safe, healthy & happy relationships by preventing domestic abuse and supporting those who are affected by it.

Their programmes include Striving for Change: A 6-week programme for perpetrators and their partners to raise awareness of unhealthy behaviours.

Bridging to Change: A programme for men who are abusive to their female partners, the Women's Behaviour Change: programme for women who are abusive towards their partners, their one-to-one Victim & Survivor Support: and their Children & Young People's Support: programme.

Contact Details

0161 872 1100


Registered Office, 346 Chester Road, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 9EZ

Relate GMS Bridging to Change

Bridging to Change are a Manchester-based service for perpetrators of domestic violence and their partners or ex-partners. They've been running programmes since 2008 and promote the safety of women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse. They do this by offering change programmes for women and men perpetrators and their partners to raise awareness of unhealthy behaviours.

Contact Details

Greater Manchester End The Fear

Anybody who is experiencing domestic or sexual violence or is being abused can find help, support and advice from End the Fear. They want to encourage victims of domestic and sexual violence in Greater Manchester to find the courage to come forward and seek support and help.

They to offer help to anyone who is concerned about their behaviour towards a partner and understand it can be tough facing up to difficult problems. End of Fear can support you to make the changes that you need, so that you are safe around your partner and children if you have them.

Find out about your local services by ringing the help lines or click here to find out more.

Contact Details

0161 636 7525 24/7 or NATIONAL HELPLINE NUMBER: 0808 2000 247


NESTAC (New Step for African Communities) Charity works to empower the Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, particularly refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants in the new emerging communities in Greater Manchester. Their initiatives and projects promote social integration, equality, diversity and human rights of BAME families, with an emphasis on the mental health and wellbeing of women and young girls who've been victims of Gender-Based violence.

Contact Details

Call either 0170 686 8993 or 07862 279289 / 07894 125157


237 Newstead, Rochdale, OL12 6RQ

 Instagram:nestaccharity Twitter: @NestacUK Facebook:@NestacUK

OWLS (Ongoing Women's Local Support)

OWLS is a peer support group offering help and support to women that have or are going through domestic abuse. There's help out there and you don't have to go through it alone. OWLS was set up by three women that met in a local refuge and thought that support was still needed once they had left. OWLS offers a:

  • Buddy system: if you want someone to go with you to appointments I.e. Doctors, Hospital, Solicitors
  • Weekly coffee mornings: OWLS provide support and advice and can signpost you to other agencies over a brew and a chat
  • One 2 one help: if you don’t feel up to attending coffee mornings but want one to one support
  • Laptops: OWLS offers you the use of laptops, internet and printers at the coffee mornings
  • Freedom Programme: Is a 12-week domestic abuse course that looks at the tactics and beliefs of the dominator

Contact Details

0161 425 3600


Hillgate, Stockport

Facebook: owlsgroupstockport 

Safe Stockport Partnership

The Safe Stockport Partnership provide support and advice for people who are suffering from domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse is defined as any violence or other abuse between family members, current or former partners in an intimate relationship, whenever and wherever the incidents occur. It may include physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse.

Contact Details

0161 474 3143


Domestic Abuse Services in Stockport, Community Safety Unit, Stopford House,
Piccadilly, Stockport, SK1 3XE

Stockport Women's centre

Stockport Women's Centre offers advice and guidance to women aged 18 and over living in Stockport. They know that you may feel alone and understand it takes courage to seek help and take that first important step.

If you have experienced sexual or domestic violence or abuse, the effects can be devastating and long-lasting therefore managing relationships within your family, friends or community can be challenging.

The Women's Centre can help you. The Centre offers a full range of therapeutic treatments and support services including 1-1 counselling and group sessions; including courses and art groups. All of which are planned to make you feel safe, supported, respected and empowered. 

Contact Details

0161 355 4455 Monday to Friday from 10am to 4:30pm.


Stockport Women's Centre, 39 Greek Street, Stockport, SK3 8AX

Other Useful Resources - Thanks to Stockport Without Abuse

  • National DV Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0161 636 7525
  • Childline: 0800 1111
  • Womens Aid Federation www.womensaid.org.uk
  • Men’s Advice Line: 0808 2000 247
  • Forced Marriages Unit : 0207 008 0151
  • Stockport Ethnic Diversity Service: 0161 477 9000
  • Homeless Support Stockport Homes 0161 217 6016
  • The Prevention Alliance 0161 474 1042 www.stockporttpa.co.uk
  • The MASSH for childrens referrals/ concerned about a child 0161 217 2068