Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is a common problem in the UK. An Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey in 2014 determined that 7.1% of women and 4.4% of men had been victims of domestic abuse at some time in the preceding year, whilst 30% of women and 16.3% of men had reported suffering domestic abuse at some time in their adulthood (ONS, 2014)

The Home Office describes domestic abuse as:

“any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • Psychological abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Emotional abuse

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.”  (Home Office, 2015)

Domestic abuse has been shown to have a strong link with the abuse and neglect of children as well as the direct impact on the potentially vulnerable victim, and as such has a wide reaching impact across safeguarding & the GP practice population.

Domestic Abuse booklet – October 2019

Services available:

Refuge – new digital helpline launched January 2020

Stockport Without Abuse

Telephone number: 0161 477 4294

Stockport Without Abuse have launched a new service that supports victims of domestic abuse aged 55 and over.

Stockport Without Abuse – Information Sheet

Stockport Without Abuse – Referral Form

Stockport Without Abuse – Confidentiality Statement

Stockport Alliance for Positive Relationships

Delivered jointly by 4 organisations the alliance for positive relationships brings different areas of expertise and experience together to deliver a single service to address domestic abuse and relationship difficulties within Stockport. They work with men, women and families through:

  • One-to-one work with individuals and families
  • Group work (for example The Freedom Programme)
  • The provision of general advice and signposting
  • Training and guidance to statutory and community organisations
  • Building community capacity to enable people to support each other
  • Awareness raising and campaigning


Bridging to Change

The Bridging to Change Programme is a programme for men who have been violent and/or abusive towards their intimate female partners and who wish to address and change their abusive behaviour.  An integrated support service, with women workers, is also offered
to partners or ex-partners of men on the programme.

Click here for more information.


Support for male victims of domestic abuse or domestic violence.

Helpline: 01823 334 244


Domestic abuse campaign

The Home Office has produced translated materials on domestic abuse in the following languages: Welsh, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Mandarin, Farsi, Arabic, Somali, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Italian, Tamil and French.

People who are affected by domestic abuse may be harder to reach at this time and we really appreciate your support in raising awareness of this important message. Please help us reach as many people as possible by sharing materials through your channels.

Translated assets are available here.

English assets are available here.

Guidance for Professionals: