I am being abused

Sometimes it's difficult to know

  • Does your partner or ex-partner threaten you and your children?
  • Are you and your children often frightened by your partner?
  • Are you constantly degraded and picked on?
  • Are you not allowed to have contact with friends and family?
  • Does your partner constantly check where you have been, how much you spend, who you speak to?

Domestic violence covers a range of behaviours including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse, within all types of relationships. This can include threats, constant criticism, isolation, money being controlled and forced sex.

What can I do?

If you are being abused it is useful to talk to someone about what has happened, even if you do not want to do anything about it. Often it is helpful to speak to someone and get some support for yourself. Getting someone to record the incidents will help you in the future if you do decide to take action.

Agencies to contact Telephone number
National Domestic Violence Helpline (24 hours) 0808 20 00 247
Victim Support 0845 30 30 900
In an emergency, Police 999
Police Domestic Violence Unit 0161 856 5171
Salford Independent Domestic Abuse Support Services (SIDAS) 0161 793 3232

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What if I just want to leave?

Salford City Council acknowledges domestic violence as a reason for priority need. You can either go into a refuge, get re-housed through the council or move to private rented accommodation. You can contact Salford Housing Options Project (SHOP) for advice.

Making yourself a safety plan:

  • Do you have access to a phone?
  • Do your children know how to phone 999?
  • Can support agencies have a current number for you?

If you have to leave in an emergency, you will want the following things:

  1. A safe place to stay
  2. Money for transport
  3. A bag with essential clothes in (may be at a friends place)
  4. Important papers (Child benefit, passport, birth certificates, legal documents)
  5. Phone numbers of friends, family and support services
  6. Any medicines
  7. Keys
  8. Any other sentimental items

Downloadable documents

If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.

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