What is domestic Abuse?

“We define domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer.  It is very common.  In the majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men”

Women’s Aid

Types of Abuse:

  • Coercive Control
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial and Economic
  • Harassment and Stalking
  • Online or digital abuse

If you are concerned about an individual or family you are working with

There are twelve Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) in Greater Manchester (one per police division). If you are concerned that an individual or family you are working with is suffering domestic abuse, you can make a referral to MARAC.  Click on the website link for further information:

MARAC: Information for Practitioners | Help & Support Marac

Click the link to download the MARAC referral form

We offer multi-agency training on Domestic Abuse both online and in person.  For more information please visit our training website below

Further Help

Greater Manchester Domestic Abuse Helpline (Independent Choices):

0800 254 0909


Manchester Women’s Aid:

0161 660 7999


24 hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline (Refuge):

0808 2000 247


Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme

Right to ask – Clare’s Law
Under the scheme an individual can ask police to check whether a new or existing partner has a violent past. This is the ‘right to ask’. If records show that an individual may be at risk of domestic violence from a partner, the police will consider disclosing the information. A disclosure can be made if it is legal, proportionate and necessary to do so.

Right to know
This enables an agency to apply for a disclosure if the agency believes that an individual is at risk of domestic violence from their partner. Again, the police can release information if it is lawful, necessary and proportionate to do so.

Domestic Homicide Reviews

Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHR’s) are undertaken 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.

Domestic Homicide Reviews are the responsibility of the Community Safety Partnership.

To view published DHR’s please visit the Manchester Community Safety Partnership on the link below

Domestic Abuse is a common theme in both our Adult Safeguarding Reviews and our Child Practice Reviews.

For more information about our reviews please visit our ‘Learning From Practice’ pages below: