Domestic abuse support services

AFG LAW and our individual domestic abuse solicitors have supported local domestic abuse charities for years. We have good working relationships and can help our clients seek additional support above the legal advice we can provide.  We have established clinics, visited refuges, given talks to increase understanding of how to help people access legal services, raised money and donated items families might need including Christmas presents. We know the importance of getting the right support when you need it. Some of the local services that may be able to help are listed below as well as national charities:




Fortalice – 01204 701846 or


Fortalice support services include refuge accommodation for women and children, independent domestic violence advisors, community services, education and accredited training


WHAG – 01706 298222 or


WHAG supports and empowers vulnerable women and women, men and children affected by domestic abuse


Endeavour – 01204 394 842 or


Endeavour provide a range of domestic abuse services for people and their pets. All services are accessible to anyone affected by domestic abuse including male, BAME, over 55, young people and LGBTQ+ people needing help


Manchester Women’s Aid – 0161 660 7999 or


Manchester Women’s Aid supports women, men and children experiencing domestic abuse in Manchester. They run 5 refuges providing emergency accommodation for women and children as well as providing community support including specialist support through the mental health service, substance misuse practitioner and community language workers.


IRIS – Contact your GP and ask for IRIS


The IRIS programme supports women and men who are experiencing domestic abuse. If you ask your GP to speak to IRIS they will refer you to your local IRIS project


Bolton at Home Domestic Abuse Team – 01204 329363 or


Bolton at Home is a local housing provider and offers support to their communities including domestic abuse support


Greater Manchester Police – 999 in an emergency and 101 if you need support or advice and are safe. Textphone service 18000 or text 999 if you are pre-registered with the emergencySMS service. Translators can be provided by language line if you attend a police station.




Refuge – 0808 2000 247


Refuge offer a 24 hour national domestic abuse helpline, a BSL interpreter service and live chat. They support women and children against domestic violence


Women’s Aid – live chat through the website or


Women’s Aid offers live chat and email support, they support women and children who have experienced domestic abuse


Galop – 0800 999 5428


Galop offers emotional and practical support for LGBTQ+ people


Victim Support – 0808 168 9111 or live chat


Victim Support helps anyone affected by a crime


National Stalking Helpline – 0808 802 0300 or by email via the website


The Suzy Lamplugh Trust runs the national stalking helpline and their mission is to reduce the risk of violence and aggression through campaigning, education and support


Karma Nirvana – 0800 5999 247 or


Karma Nirvana run the national honour based abuse helpline and provide safe, confidential, free services for people affected by honour based abuse


Forced Marriage Unit – 020 7008 0151 or


The FMU offers information and support to those who fear they will be forced into marriage and can talk them through their options


Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327 or


The men’s advice line is for male victims of domestic abuse and offers confidential advice, non-judgmental support, practical information and help


Mankind Initiative – 01823 334 244


The mankind initiative helps men escape domestic abuse and runs a national helpline for males experiencing domestic abuse


Sign Health – Text 07800 003421 or


Support and advice for victims of domestic abuse who are deaf or hard of hearing


Savera UK – 0800 107 0726


Savera UK work to support those who are at risk of harmful practices and domestic abuse including culturally specific abuse in the UK including forced marriage and female genital mutilation


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